We are so excited for our first issue! Thank you to everyone who contributed. Submissions for Issue 2 are open, so get inspired and join the rhizome. Please make use of the accessibility toolbar on the lower right and the crowd sourced annotation tool on the upper right of every post! Learn more about the journal on the About Us page or on our Blog.
About our Cover Image by @thisiskeets
For the cover of our very first issue, we asked the artist to create a graphic to represent their interpretation of a rhizome. Here are their thoughts:
I really liked BTS’s instructional poem for the ongoing do it exhibition by Hans Unlrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries:
Connect one dot with another.BTS, ‘do it (around the world)’
Draw a line, create a plane.
Beyond the boundaries of time and space,
“You” and “I” become “We.”
Our future is a beautiful image.”
And I thought it sat nicely with this description of a rhizome:
If any part of the rhizome is separated from the main system, it may live on and sprout a new plant.”“About – Why Rhizomes?”
So I’ve reinterpreted it as forms of connections! I’ve swapped people with plants, or more specifically Kokedamas (the term Kokedama refers to a Japanese art of growing plants that allows the plant to live outside a pot so that the roots aren’t hidden). I felt the bus stop was the perfect kind of in-between place where the relationship between BTS and ARMY blurs and the two can connect and how bonding over BTS can create relationships between an ARMY x ARMY too. A meeting place of strangers on different paths and journeys. It was also a little way of paying homage to the You Never Walk Alone era, which is a phrase I think feels very reassuring to hear! The phone booth is what their music feels like to me; whether you have a good or a bad day, turning on their music can seem to have an effect of experiencing a direct line to a safe space. It feels like they have written words for you and you alone, yet the words are something that bonds millions of people together. Existing apart but having the capabilities to be a massive force of good together as a whole which is very apt in this chaotic 2020.
⚯ ACADEMIC ARTICLE ⚯ ROUNDTABLE ⚯ 6 experts discussed the meaning of K-Pop and BTS.
⚯ ACADEMIC ARTICLE ⚯ INTERVIEW ⚯ Editor Ana Clara Ribeiro interviewed philosopher Dr. Murray Stein
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ ART ⚯ A series of experimental lyric posters
⚯ ACADEMIC ARTICLE ⚯ Much can be learned from the comment section.
⚯ ACADEMIC ARTICLE ⚯ ESSAY ⚯ Finding connections across poetry, philosophy & song
⚯ SUPPLEMENTAL STORY ⚯ Anna-Michelle found a home.
⚯ ACADEMIC ARTICLE ⚯ An analysis of the campaign for Map of the Soul: 7
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ POEM ⚯ A series of poems about the loss of creative passion in ancient Greece
⚯ SUPPLEMENTAL STORY ⚯ Chelsea tells a story of grief and healing.
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ STORY ⚯ Innovative & Immersive Storytelling based on the BU.
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ POEM ⚯ An album review inspires poetic reflection.
⚯ SUPPLEMENTAL STORY ⚯ Fion writes a letter to BTS and themself.
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ SONG ⚯ It is never too late to start.
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ VIDEO ⚯ A visualization of the impact of BTS on ARMY and of ARMY on Twitter
⚯ SUPPLEMENTAL STORY ⚯ Shreya describes how and why they feel love for BTS.
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ POEM ⚯ Prose poem about feeling lost and loving yourself
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ ART ⚯ Collage about connection
⚯ ACADEMIC ARTICLE ⚯ ART ⚯ Through CONNECT BTS the worlds of high art and pop merged.
⚯ SUPPLEMENTAL STORY ⚯ Chaitali has become a doting “big sister.”
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ ART ⚯ New words in an old style
⚯ SUPPLEMENTAL STORY ⚯ Borasaek Vision share their personal motivations and stories.
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ ART ⚯ An illustration of the reflection of BTS in ARMY
⚯ SUPPLEMENTAL STORY ⚯ Elxse lost and found their way.
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ ART ⚯ Abstract response to Persona, Shadow & Ego
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ ART ⚯ An illustration of the journey and the destination
⚯ CREATIVE COLLECTION ⚯ POEM ⚯ A simple ode to our favorite leader
Thank you for stopping by to read our first issue! ALL people — are invited in: no age limit, no degree requirements, no gatekeeping. Welcome to our space.