RHIZOME


‘We often act as though humans and nature are completely different entities; two different worlds; the human world and the natural world… We argue that there is no such thing as a ‘human world’. We argue that there is no such thing as a ‘natural world’. There is only one world. A world in which we grow together. A world in which people, animals, plants, trees and things are related, entwined, eat each other, live together and die together.’ Lotte van den Berg

The earth is exhausted. We humans, living in the prosperous West, need to radically rethink our way of living and acting. To do so, we must adjust the ideas and value systems that underlie this action. How do we do that? How do we install a different, more embodied thinking about ourselves in the world?

RHIZOME is a nomadic work of art with which we travel along abandoned and overgrown industrial sites and urban fringes of cities in Europe. These places are alive with the vestiges of time past, and the convergence of ‘nature’ and ‘culture’, like glimmers of a possible future. Inspired by the proliferating life force that we find in these places shaped by capitalism, we search for a new and different conversation with the people and things around us.

In the places we visit with RHIZOME, we are inspired by the animals, things, plants and microbes we encounter and we invite you to look for all the relationships that comprise you, and in which you exist. We immerse ourselves in the way we are woven into everything; skin and fibre, iron and leaf. We zoom in on nettles between paving stones, a blackberry bush in the gutter and moss on a cola can; looking for a different way of being in the world.

With RHIZOME we invite you to join us in a Driftage  through challenging terrain, reacting to and in conversation with everything you encounter. Based on a simple set of principles and an Interactive Installation, we take you into a challenging physical thought game and tempt you to different ways of relating and experiencing. After the driftage, we serve a hearty soup and conclude with a Conversation.

‘We need to think, think, think’, says philosopher Rosi Braidotti in one of her lectures, in response to the question of what we should use theatrical space for today. RHIZOME does just that: creating space to think, contemplate and reflect, but in combination with plants, animals, things, microbes and our own bodies.

RHIZOME premiered 20 November 2021, on the site of a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen) during Jonge Harten Festival.


Skiantos, Italy 2012
Thomas Jorion

Fri 10 June 2022
14:00 - 17:30

RIZOOM – BoskLab – Leeuwarden

#Leeuwarden #Bosk #Arcadia #pafff
Meeting place at Bosk
(then departure by bike to location)
Leeuwarden

In the city centre of Leeuwarden, the walking forest Bosk is the starting point for further exploration of RIZOOM. In the city, too, nature and culture are inextricably connected. What happens when we stop trying to pull the two apart and pay attention to the way we, human beings, are entangled with everything around us; skin and fibers, iron and leaf.

Sat 11 June 2022
14:00 - 17:30

RIZOOM – BoskLab – Leeuwarden

#Leeuwarden #Bosk #Arcadia #pafff
Meeting place at Bosk
(then departure by bike to location)
Leeuwarden

In the city centre of Leeuwarden, the walking forest Bosk is the starting point for further exploration of RIZOOM. In the city, too, nature and culture are inextricably connected. What happens when we stop trying to pull the two apart and pay attention to the way we, human beings, are entangled with everything around us; skin and fibers, iron and leaf.

Sun 12 June 2022
14:00 - 17:30

RIZOOM – BoskLab – Leeuwarden

#Leeuwarden #Bosk #Arcadia #pafff
Meeting place at Bosk
(then departure by bike to location)
Leeuwarden

In the city centre of Leeuwarden, the walking forest Bosk is the starting point for further exploration of RIZOOM. In the city, too, nature and culture are inextricably connected. What happens when we stop trying to pull the two apart and pay attention to the way we, human beings, are entangled with everything around us; skin and fibers, iron and leaf.

c: Kris Dewitte