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Bluebird Rhizome

Before we begin, we must ask…

What is a rhizome?

-an “image of thought”, based on the botanical rhizome, that apprehends multiplicities.
A rhizome 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. In this model, culture spreads like the surface of a body of water, spreading towards available spaces or trickling downwards towards new spaces through fissures and gaps, eroding what is in its way. The surface can be interrupted and moved, but these disturbances leave no trace, as the water is charged with pressure and potential to always seek its equilibrium, and thereby establish smooth space (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhizome_%28philosophy%29)

-A botanical metaphor, first posited by Deleuze and Guattari in A Thousand Plateaus (1987), may offer a more
flexible conception of knowledge for the information age: the rhizome. A rhizomatic plant has no center and
no defined boundary; rather, it is made up of a number of semi-independent nodes, each of which is capable
of growing and spreading on its own, bounded only by the limits of its habitat (Cormier 2008). In the
rhizomatic view, knowledge can only be negotiated, and the contextual, collaborative learning experience
shared by constructivist and connectivist pedagogies is a social as well as a personal knowledge-creation
process with mutable goals and constantly negotiated premises. The rhizome metaphor, which represents a
critical leap in coping with the loss of a canon against which to compare, judge, and value knowledge, may be
particularly apt as a model for disciplines on the bleeding edge where the canon is fluid and knowledge is a
moving target. (from: http://innovateonline.info/pdf/vol4_issue5/Rhizomatic_Education-__Community_as_Curriculum.pdf)

-rhizomes is meant to suggest a form of mind where:

  • Every point can and must be connected with every other point, raising the possibility of an infinite juxtaposition. There are no fixed points or positions, only connections (relationships).
  • The structure is dynamic, constantly changing, such that if a portion of the rhizome is broken off at any point it could be reconnected at another point, leaving the original potential for juxtaposition in place.
  • There is no hierarchy or genealogy contained as where some points are inevitably superordinate or prior to others.
  • The rhizome whole has no outside or inside but is rather an open network that can be connected with something else in all of its dimensions.

The notion of a rhizome is a difficult one to imagine, and any attempt to view it as a static picture risks minimizing its dynamic, temporal, and even self-contradictory character. Eco (1984) has labeled the rhizome as “an inconceivable globality” to highlight the impossibility of any global, overall description of the network. Since no one (user, scientist, or philosopher) can describe the whole, we are left with “local” descriptions, a vision of one or a few of the many potential structures derivable from the rhizome. Every local description of the network is an hypothes ‘ is, an abduction (see Shank, 1987) constantly subject to falsification. To quote Eco:

Such a notion … does not deny the existence of structured knowledge; it only suggests that such a knowledge cannot be recognized and organized as a global system; it provides only “local” and transitory systems of knowledge which can be contradicted by alternative and equally “local” cultural organizations; every attempt to recognize these local organizations as unique and “global” –ignoring their partiality–produces an ideological bias (1984, p. 84).

(from: http://www.aect.org/intranet/publications/edtech/07/07-02.html)

Diagramatic example of botanical rhizome
Image from: http://www.urbagram.net/images/_rhizome.jpg

Artistic rendition of a rhizome: A map not a tracing
Image from: http://public.csusm.edu/fossilmedia/School/ucsd/vis_149_icam_130/06%20hypertext/sp06txethpyre/Matt%20C%20temporary/htextfinal/rhizome.gif


SO: With that being said, here is a liminal exploration of the theme of



Charles Bukowski reading his poem, “Bluebird”


Here is the poem itself:

Bluebird by Charles Bukowski

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
you want to blow my book sales in
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
and we sleep together like
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do


Here is an animation based on Bukowski’s poem:



From: http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kqcn7btFLr1qz9poso1_500.jpg


The One Self music video for their song Bluebird:



From: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3-ozDFKVlPg/TOHDSsmStzI/AAAAAAAAALk/QeSTAbBKeGY/s1600/bluebirdinmyheart.jpg




Bluebird by Sarah Bareilles

Word came through in a letter,
One of us changing our minds.
You won’t need to guess who, since I usually do,
Not send letters to me that are mine.

Told you I saw this coming,
That I’d practically packed up my things.
Was glad at the time that I’d said I was fine but,
All honesty knows, I wasn’t ready, no.

And so here we go bluebird,
Back to the sky on your own.
Oh let him go bluebird,
Ready to fly,
You and I,
Here we go.
Here we go.

This pair of wings worn and rusted,
Like a carnival ride in the rain.
They can carry me swear to be,

Sturdy and strong but see,
Turning them on still causes me pain.

Leave my love in a letter,
Went to the bes on your side.
Fine gathered my things, I’ll make the best of these wings,
And me and my bird take to the sky.

And so here we go bluebird,
Gather your strength and rise up.
Oh let him go bluebird.
Oh let him go bluebird.
Oh let him go bluebird.
Ready to fly,
You and I,
Here we go.
Here we go…


Bluebird by Paul McCartney & Wings


National Geographic video of an ol’ guy who loves bluebirds and did something about it.





From: http://www.finerareprints.com/birds/birds-by-frohawk-and-gronvold/19003.jpg


How to attract bluebirds to your yard
Link: http://www.5min.com/Video/How-To-Attract-Bluebirds-to-Your-Yard-10878377


White Cliffs of Doverby Vera Lynn


Surreal Animation of “The Bluebird on my Shoulder”
Link: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7do23_the-bluebird-on-my-shoulder_creation


“Mr Bluebird on my shoulder” by Alison Cronin

From: http://vimeo.com/26863278


The Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah song


By :  Ikimono Gakari

From: http://fridastyanaruto.blogspot.com/2011/01/ost-naruto-shippuden-blue-bird.html


From: http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/004/cache/blue-bird_471_600x450.jpg


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