Brian Eno interviewed on BBC about creative strategy and Oblique Strategies
Oblique Strategies (subtitled “over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas”) is a set of published cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt first published in 1975.
Each card contains a phrase or cryptic remark which can be used to break a deadlock or dilemma situation. Examples include:
- Honour thy error as a hidden intention.
- Look at the order in which you do things
- Work at a different speed
- Look closely at the most embarrassing details and amplify
- Not building a wall; making a brick
- Repetition is a form of change
- Don’t break the silence
- What wouldn’t you do?
- What are you really thinking about just now? Incorporate
- Disciplined self-indulgence
“It’s kind of art school stuff, turned into a lifestyle really.” Eno comments.
Random Oblique Strategies (gives you 1 at a time, from OS vols 1-5):
See also the idea of “Lateral thinking” from Edward De Bono, 1970: