Author Archives: Tom Hewitt

Rhizo-slicing

[…] It is time for metaphor, for the/some rhizoanalysis.  The responses of the research participants stand above.  Or they would so stand if this dissertation-assemblage  was a photograph of a moment in time.  But time moves on; the texts have … Continue reading

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Sous rature

Sous rature◀︎~The~r▼▼hizome~is~an~antigenealogy ▼▼~Dele△uze~and~▲Guattari~2004:▶︎▲▼ 23). ~This~thesis~is~rhizomatic.~It~can~be▶︎~read~genealogi◀︎cally,~but~that~would~be~to~miss~the~poin|t.~When~we~wr▼▶︎ite~of◀︎~hypotheses,~methodologies,~conc▽lusions~and~bibliograph✂︎✂︎✂︎✂︎✂︎✒︎i▼es,~such~wri▽ting~sometimes~resembles~nothi◁ng~more~than~a~description~of~a~high-◀︎△▶︎▶︎▶︎▶︎▶︎▶︎▻school~sci⍵⎖en|es.~This~thesis~is~about~things~which~are~about~cyborg~music.~The~thesis~and~its~putative~subject~exist~in~E␎ntangled~Network~Space.~It~starts~ with~this~con⚗clusion.~It~is~about~music⏀␞⏥.~And~humans.~And~technology.~◀︎And~ philosophy.~And~time.~And,~and,~and.“|~The constant~conjunct☪ions~of~and,~ofce~experiment.~T➢➤o~engage~with~this~resemblance~would~be~a~static~reading,~isochronous,~frozen~in~time.~A~bette㉿r~reading~is~dynamic,~heterochronic~and~ diachronic. ~At~risk~of~instant~contradicti▼on,~this~thesis~is~about~entanglements~and~disentanglem⚘ents,~comings~||and~goings.~That~is~thehe~writing~has~a~chronological~flo⏎↖︎w,~but~it~is~full✷~of~ heterochronic~wormholes,~whichgs~are~coloured~by~beginnings☩~and~beginni☄ngs~by~endings.~Ther▽e~are~no~m▶︎onads▷,~only~(ever-changing)~assemblag and,~o▷f~and.~An~assemblage~is~composed~of~ands,~and~the~ands~come~and~they~go.~And~further~ands~change~the~ands.~Entangled~Network~Space~is~full~of~voids;~andless~spaces~waiting~to~be~filled~by~ands~and~voids~which~the~ands~have~ vacated.~It~is~a~space~of~possibilitie◻︎s.~It~owes~its~existence~to~the~real~and~the~ real~owes~its~existe☑︎◁◁◁◁nce~to~it.~It~is~the~immanent,~one~truly~flat~ontological~space,~where~being~and~non-being~are~equivalent.~Tversed~at~the~speed~of~memory~or~of~Google-thought.~They~are~mental~footnotes.~It ~may~✽be~tra~nature~of~the~space,~real~and~metaphorical,~in~which~we~live.~Endin↓⇣⇣⌒radiates~and~is~irradiated.~All~writing~is~li⚩♒︎ke~t⦿his.~It~is~the~New~⇧Writing~in~the~ Hyperconn→ected~Age.~▶︎

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Deleuzian Plateaus

When trying to visually represent Deleuze and Guattari’s plateaus it is necessary to choose a metaphor wisely.  They say, “We call a ‘plateau’ any multiplicity connected to other multiplicities by superficial underground stems in such a way as to form … Continue reading

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A rhizomatic text

I am at a junction in the preparation of my written thesis.  One road leads to a “standard” scientistic piece of work and the other to a rhizomatic text.  All of the writing advice counsels taking the first road, while … Continue reading

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Research Review February 2017 – In Media Res

It is three years since I submitted my research proposal to the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership.  The proposal was (and is) titled: Cyborg Music: A Future Musicotechnographic Aesthetic.  The research question it introduced was: Will current and future developments in … Continue reading

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Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari – Simon O’Sullivan

Just before Christmas, Serendipity crossed my path, shook me by the hand and said, “Have one on me!”  I had chanced upon a tweet from someone in my Doctoral Training Partnership alerting me to a too-good-to-be-true offer from the academic … Continue reading

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(Probably not) the introduction to my thesis

The rhizome is an antigenealogy (Deleuze and Guattari 2004: 23).  This thesis is rhizomatic.  It can be read genealogically, but that would be to miss the point.  When we write of hypotheses, methodologies, conclusions and bibliographies, such writing sometimes resembles … Continue reading

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Thinking about conferences as places for thinking

Originally posted on Show and Tell:
In this post, Richard Ashcroft reflects on the shortcomings of academic conferences.  ? For a long time, I have been doing my work without going to conferences. Like going to bed early, this is…

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Retrieving Realism: A Whiteheadian Wager

Re-blogging Matthew Seagall’s piece here. I have a great deal of sympathy with the Whiteheadian position he outlines in this article.

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Ontology supervenient upon epistemology: a question…

Can anyone unpack Quine’s slogan a bit? “[Quine] holds, quite generally, that we should not postulate entities without having clear identity-criteria for them. (This is the view that he sums up in the slogan “no entity without identity” (1969: 23. … Continue reading

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