Rhizome - Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: Internet Coolhunting

A collection of examples where pop culture was clearly inspired by smaller creative activities on the web (with some people not necessarily happy about it). With online chatter regarding the performance by Rihanna on Saturday Night Live and it’s adoption to the net-art ‘Seapunk’ style, it’s worth knowing that the mixed reaction is not an isolated occasion. Marketers employ ‘coolhunters’ to look out for interesting small cultural developments to make their artist’s seem ‘fresh’ and ahead of the game, an activity that has been happening since the early 1990s, which was a key subject in William Gibson’s 2003 novel Pattern Recognition.


Examples include Timbaland + Chiptune, Tumblr Fashion + Jeremy Scott, Paul B Davis “Datamoshing” Technique + Kanye West, and A Stroke of Genuis - Freelance Hellraiser + RCA.

Read the whole thing at Rhizome here

Deleuze (1925 - 1995) and Guattari (1932 - 1990) wrote a two - volume work called Capitalism and SchizophreniaAnti - Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980). Their masterpiece was the creation of the “rhizome,” which was a revolutionary methodology for thinking.

 The rhizome had 6 main traits: 

[1] Connection: This refers to the linking of different thoughts in the rhizome.  Ideas are connected at  multiple points.  Any point of any one thought can be linked to any other point in a system of thought.  

[2] HeterogeneityNo link among different thoughts must be linked to parts of the same nature.    A piece of art could be linked to a particular social theory, which could then be linked to a political scandal.  The ideas can be linked to each other in any way, not requiring in homogeneity in their fundamental traits.

[3] Multiplicity: The rhizome is not reducible to one or to multiple. Instead, it is a system of lines.  There are not ‘units’ of the rhizome.  It can be conceived of as a linear system of dimensions, of ‘directions in motion’.  

[4] A signifying rupture: Parts of rhizome can be ruptured, or broken.  This does have a normative meaning.  A broken element or connection in the rhizome does not mean that that element was ‘bad’ or should that a link between ideas should not have existed.  The rhizome continues to exist.  

[5] Cartography: A person enters into the rhizome from a distinct point.  It is not possible to re-enter from the same position many times, or for different people to approach the rhizome from the same position.  Cartography has an intuitive meaning, drawing the understanding the links and parts of the rhizome - creating a map of it.  This allows for a unique conception of the ideas being evaluated, linked, etc, and a formative process that contrasts to tracing. 

[6] Tracing (decalcomania):  Tracing is like tracing a drawing, there is not creation involved.  Tracing the rhizome assumes it static and fails take account of the constantly changing nature of the structure.   Tracing transposes a pre-existing conception of the rhizome and of thought onto elements that do not fit into that framework.  Thus, tracing is opposed the project of conceiving of thought as a rhizomatic scheme. 


- Anne

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Rhizome - Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: The Year of the Oculus Rift

The latest in an ongoing series of themed collections of creative projects assembled by Prosthetic Knowledge. This edition brings together projects that make use of the Oculus Rift, a device that has reignited interest in Virtual Reality and provided creative inspiration for hackers and artists alike.

You can read the entire submission at Rhizome here

Polygonatum odoratum (angular Solomon’s seal)

Polygonatum odoratum, or commonly known as Angular Solomon’s Seal, is extremely poisonous. It can be found in most of Europe and also in Asia. It is a herbaceous perennial plant due to it’s rhizome compounds and can cause severe discomfort if ingested.

New piece by Jonas Lund on the Download here!

We See In Every Direction (2013) a Web browser for collaborative, synchronized surfing by Swedish artist Jonas Lund. Browsing the Internet is typically an intimate and personal experience for just one person, but in We See, users traverse online information streams in a collective surfing environment. Users can type, click and change URLs in real time together; they can jockey for control of the browser—akin to fighting for the TV remote—or choose to sit back and let their friends take care of the surfing. Like many of Lund’s previous online works, the piece opens up the walled-off spaces of the Internet for shared use

Petra Cortright, Krakow_1.psd, 2014

The shape of things to come: Proceeds from the Rhizome sale, ending tomorrow, will go towards Seven on Seven, an event bringing together tech luminaries and contemporary artists in conversation about ideas that will shape contemporary culture.

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