I have been thinking a lot today about how to index things in a non linear way. Last week, at the TECHNE induction PhD day I realised again the importance of terminologies and definitions. There were people who didn’t know what an art fair is. [I guess it is their right?]. So what language to use, how to explain?
This morning I started to re-read Michael Foucault’s Order of things on the train. In German, in my 22-year old copy. I think French translates better into German than English. More sophistication?
Foucault talks a lot about epistemology. This make me realise I need to write a glossary. For key-terms. And what they mean to me. And how I want to define them. Now I am contemplating which system to use. I would like to flip through them, like with index cards in the old days. I would be in good company. Aby Warburg used a lot of index cards:
I am quite temped to use paper cards, I still fondly have boxes with stencilled labels which would house them perfectly and what a wonderful start to the PhD. However – I can’t read my handwriting 80% of the time, I can’t link them nor write on them when I forget them [ I never, ever gorget my laptop] … So maybe I need to look at online options?
https://www.supernotecard.com/ looks quite good
I don’t like note keeping software, I do use google keep happily for my lists but this is different – this is a new level … Well, I will report how I get on.