Helen Edling- Once Upon a Space- the creation of a collaborative microuniverse

Helen Edling- Once Upon a Spacethe creation of a collaborative microuniverse.


In residence from 20th to 29th August
Open Event Sunday 29th August, 4 – 6pm

For her residency at 25sg Helen Edling invited 7 artists and writers to take part in a collaborative experimental exchange project.

The project is loosely based on the idea of the Rhizome(*) where a story/micro-universe will be created over a period of 10 days through exchanges between the participants. A picture made by Helen functions as the starting point of the story after which, via words, images and connection points created by the participants, the project will evolve. Continuous non-hierarchical entries and exit points will allow for multiple interpretations and readings with Helen’s drawings in response being the link between the participants.

To see previous work by Helen visit: http://www.helen-edling.info

All events are free and refreshments will be available. Guests are
welcome to bring food and drink to share.


* Rhizome is a philosophical concept developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in their Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1972-1980) project. It is what Deleuze calls an “image of thought,” based on the botanical rhizome, that apprehends multiplicities.

The rhizome is characterized by six principles  – all active simultaneously – described in the introduction chapter of A Thousand Plateaus:


1. Connectivity – the capacity to aggregate by making connections at any point on and within itself.

2. Heterogeneity – the capacity to connect anything with anything other, the linking of unlike elements

3. Multiplicity – consisting of multiple singularities synthesized into a “whole” by relations of exteriority

4. Asignifying rupture – a rhizome may be broken, but it will start up again on one of its old lines, or on new lines

5. Cartography – described by the method of mapping for orientation from any point of entry within a “whole”, rather than by the method of tracing that re-presents an a priori path, base structure or genetic axis

6. Decalcomania – forming through continuous negotiation with its context, constantly adapting by experimentation, thus performing a non-symmetrical active resistance against rigid organization and restriction.

2 responses to “Helen Edling- Once Upon a Space- the creation of a collaborative microuniverse

  1. Love the concept! is there any pictures of the room at the end?

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