Hey class, below are some questions for us to discuss during class on Tuesday.
1. In Krauss' writing the reader is first introduced to the concept of the 'shifter'. In order to understand the term index, one must first understand the concept of shifter and how it relates to the index. How would you define the term shifter?
2. In your own words how would you describe 'index' as portrayed in Krauss's writings?
3. How do you think indexical signs relate to what we have learned about abstraction? Is there any correlation between the two?
4. Krauss explains various forms of art that entertain the concept of the index. How do you think the notion of index applies to us as architects?
5. We have talked a lot in previous classes about how abstraction and mapping can be beneficial to us as architects. Do you think indexical signs provide any benefit in our everyday work as students or architects?
6. Krauss describes various example of an index, footprints in the sand, a shadow, multiple works of art. Can you think of any additional examples of an index?
7. How would you differentiate the three terms: symbol, icon and index, which Krauss writes about in reference to photographs and paintings? Is there a definite difference between the three?
8. Krauss talks in great depth about paintings by Kelly and Pozzi. Krauss states on page 216 the difference between the two styles of painting. What makes Kelly's paintings shifters and Pozzi's paintings operations of the index?
9. In part 1 Krauss writes about the 'mirror stage'. How does this relate to the concept of the shifter?
10. Does the index relate at all to the process of mapping? And if so how?