Watch: Deleuze and Guattari’s ‘Rhizome’ Explained

In this video Joseph Vogl, a professor of contemporary literature at the Humboldt University Berlin, explains Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the “rhizome.”

Deleuze and Guattari use the term rhizome throughout their work, especially in their discussion of thought in “A Thousand Plateaus.” They argue that traditional thought is tree-like, in that it follows a linear pattern, branching off at various points. Rhizomes, taken from a kind of root system found in nature, are non-linear, and non-hierarchical.

Watch below.

  • SanFrancisco Professor

    Certainly not an
    “explanation” of anything, least of all the rhizome. This European
    genre which we miscall “philosophy” is about the speaker, not the
    topic, and his ability to do improv. The black shirt, the black background, the
    hushed rapid hypnotic voice are as rigidly traditional as Noh drama. The actor used to
    wreathe himself in art nouveau coils of white smoke (preferably from Gauloises cigarettes)
    and I miss the animation it added to the talking head. (Yes, I am a little sore that I sat through half of this waiting to hear something useful about the rhizome, before I identified the performance genre.)

    • Trustbank

      why are you so angry about the video? Its formal structure is consistent with Alexander Kluge’s show and I find – as a German speaker – it is very helpful as an introductionto the concept.

  • DQ

    There’s significantly more relevance and meaning in the spoken word than in the English subtitles. I found it helpful. However, non-German speakers maybe should not bother watching.

  • Agustina Palermo

    I would like to se the video but it says private…