Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies

2016-04-14

Sometimes, I get stuck in my own rut. When that happens, I employ different techniques including the Oblique Strategies created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. Currently, I use an online version found here. Our friends at Wikipedia.org describe how it works:

Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is a deck of 7-by-9-centimetre (2.8 in × 3.5 in) printed cards in a black container box, created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975. Each card offers a challenging constraint intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.

Here’s an example strategy, “Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events.” Prompts like this encourage the creator to think differently. If you’re creating something and get stuck or want to be different from your normal way, then try out Oblique Strategies.

Brian Eno

Brian Eno

Oblique Strategy Card "Simple Subtraction"

Oblique Strategies Card