A WerleWorld Atlas


This collection includes both serious maps and imaginative systems that may or may not make things clearer. They combine a style of presentation adapted from analysis of neural networks, in which neurons are treated as black boxes connected by either excitatory or inhibitory synapses (–); Gilles Deleuze’s rhizomatic theory of knowledge, which tries to apprehend the multiplicities of complex systems; and the urgent lunacy of Now We Have Your Attention, their original venue of publication. According to Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, a rhizome has neither beginning nor end, and the irreducibly complex set of interrelations among its terms prevents any simple accounts of linear causality. As there is no natural origin, readers and writers of rhizomes must just pick a place to start at random and head off along a “line of flight.”

But these maps aren’t meant to be as serious as all that. Just pick a place to start and head off into the maze.

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