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Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies

Hold on to your hat, because MoMA has just put out Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Projects, and there are so many truly wonderful things that you might be overwhelmed. Available in limited quantities, each ‘art object’ was donated by Peter Norton to benefit P.S. 1.

This particular post (more to follow over the next week or two) shows Brian Eno’s ‘Oblique Strategies’, which are strategy cards with phrases that help users get out of creative roadblocks. (If you have an iPhone or iPod, there’s also an Oblique Strategies App available to download free from iTunes.)

In 1975, the celebrated British musician, producer, and visual artist, Brian Eno, together with collaborators, addressed the challenge of breaking out of creative roadblocks by writing a series of evocative phrases he dubbed “worthwhile dilemmas.” These phrases, which suggest approaches to an impasse from another direction, became known as Oblique Strategies. Originally published as a deck of cards in an austere format, they became an underground hit and sold out in three revised editions.

Size: 5.5h x 5.5w x 1.5″d


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