- Apr 2022
Hollier, Denis. “Notes (On the Index Card).” October 112, no. Spring (2005): 35–44. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3397642
Read: 2022-04-20 15:36
Interesting material on Barthes' use of note cards, though not in depth. Some interesting discussion on the idea of autobiography from a philosophical perspective.
The first five sections were interesting to me, the last two a bit denser and not as clear or interesting without additional context.
Hence Leiris’s interest in Duchamp’s rotoreliefs, which he describesas “records to look at and not to listen to,”9 records, in other words, whose sound is soto speak “hidden” by their look, as if they were painted over to the point of beingsilenced.
There are 399 cardsfiled in Leiris’s box for La Règle du jeu1
I published them as an appendix in the Pléiade edition of La Règle du jeu (Paris: Gallimard, 2003), pp. 1155–1265
Michael Leiris wrote La Règle du jeu on 399 cards which he kept in a box.
In a remarkable essay on precursors to hypertext, Peter Krapp(2006) provides a useful overview of the development of the indexcard and its use by various thinkers, including Locke, Leibniz, Hegel,and Wittgenstein, as well as by those known to Barthes and part of asimilar intellectual milieu, including Michel Leiris, Georges Perec,and Claude Lévi-Strauss (Krapp, 2006: 360-362; Sieburth, 2005).1
Peter Krapp created a list of thinkers including Locke, Leibniz, Hegel, Wittgenstein, Barthes, Michel Leiris, Georges Perec, and Lévi-Strauss who used index cards in his essay Hypertext Avant La Lettre on the precursors of hypertext.
see also: Krapp, P. (2006) ‘Hypertext Avant La Lettre’, in W. H. K. Chun & T. Keenan (eds), New Media, Old Theory: A History and Theory Reader. New York: Routledge: 359-373.
Notice that Krapp was the translator of Paper Machines About Cards & Catalogs, 1548 – 1929 (MIT Press, 2011) by Marcus Krajewski. Which was writing about hypertext and index cards first? Or did they simply influence each other?
Hollier, D. (2005) ‘Notes (on the Index Card)’, October 112(Spring): 35-44.
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Denis Hollier, in an essayon index card use by Barthes and Michel Leiris, argues that Leiris’use of index cards in writing his autobiography results in ‘asecondary, indirect autobiography, originating not from thesubject’s innermost self, but from the stack of index cards (theautobiographical shards) in the little box on the author’s desk’(Hollier, 2005: 39).
Wait, what?! Someone's written an essay on index card use by these two?!
- Roland Barthes
- paper machines
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
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- Marcus Krajewski
- note taking
- index cards
- Denis Hollier
- Georg Hegel
- Peter Krapp
- Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
- Michel Leiris
- Claude Lévi-Strauss
- Georges Perec