Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt created this aphorism compendium in the Seventies, and to this date it remains a piece of unparalleled inspiration.
Oblique Strategies: a creative I-Ching or Tao of inspiration /
Creative experience is earned through practice and the constant neuronal stimulation that this provides. The conquest of lateral thought over logical thought is only achieved by approaching everyday challenges in an unusual manner. Perceiving the environment as a question with an infinite amount of solutions allows us to perceive the multiple creative alternatives we have at hand. There is no better alternative to amalgamating these than a concrete compass, for example Oblique Strategies, the deck of cards that makes us rethink things.
The deck was written by the always brilliant Brian Eno, aided by the artist Peter Schmidt —who had previously created “The Thoughts Behind the Thoughts”, a series with 55 cards with creative micro-epiphanies that he used in his everyday life.
The printed aphorisms on each card are creative blossoms of unmatched wisdom —whose meaning at times flirts with the nonsensical, alluding to certain Oriental formats, such as Zen’s koans. Since their publication in 1975, these “oblique strategies” have been a source of inspiration for many creative minds in the musical sphere, as well as in other fields
Today we have countless editions and variations of the Oblique Strategies. These have translated into several languages, the cards can now be found in numerous recording studios, artist workshops as well as in the homes of celebrities and creative thinkers. Recently a new special edition was published; this contains unpublished cards in a beautiful casing limited to only 500 copies.
If you ever find yourself going through a creative dry spell that you feel overpowered by, don’t hesitate to take a peek at this creative I-Ching or Tao of inspiration, a simple deck of cards that suggests a different perspective to your inspirational dilemmas.
In this link, a web adaptation of Oblique Strategies.
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