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rhizome cocktail // Emily Marchand

Rebecca Bruno


Sitting on the patio outside, thinking about this location in relation to the rest of the city, I feel like this apartment is at the center of L.A., but is that possible? There is so much fluidity and movement in Los Angeles, crossing back and forth, moving North and South. Down the street is HK market, a store I have been going to since I moved here 10 years ago. I decide to wander the aisles before a rehearsal and find myself attached to various ingredients that promote health and wellness. As I pick up the rhizomes, turmeric and ginger, I reflect on the toxicity of our current political and social climates. Philosophers Deleuze and Guittari developed the rhizome theory stating:

As a model for culture, the rhizome resists the organizational structure of the root­tree system which charts causality along chronological lines and looks for the original source of 'things' and looks towards the pinnacle or conclusion of those 'things.' A rhizome, on the other hand, is characterized by 'ceaselessly established connections between semiotic chains, organizations of power, and circumstances relative to the arts, sciences, and social struggles.' Rather than narrativize history and culture, the rhizome presents history and culture as a map or wide array of attractions and influences with no specific origin or genesis, for a 'rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo.' The planar movement of the rhizome resists chronology and organization, instead favoring a nomadic system of growth and propagation.

With this philosophy in mind, I am developing a wellness tonic using rhizomes to provide an element of respite throughout the evening. In this liminal space, we can wander, reflect, and rejuvenate in each other’s company.