What are The Oblique Strategies?

The Oblique Strategy cards have been making a bit of computerized comeback lately with the release of the Oblique Widget which is a snazzy little version that shows you some words of wisdom every time you flip one over.

Oblique Cards

But what are the Oblique cards? They were developed by Brian Eno and his art school teacher Peter Schmidt. From A Primer on Oblique Strategizing:

“Both Schmidt and Eno realized that the pressures of time tended to steer them away from the ways of thinking they found most productive when the pressure was off. The Strategies were, then, a way to remind themselves of those habits of thinking - to jog the mind.”

There have been four editions of the oblique cards, all limited runs but these days you are lucky to find them on Ebay auctions like this.

Oblique Strategy Cards Brian Eno

There is a Flash version of the Oblique Strategies here and a PDF version for printing out here.

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