Incomplete Manifestoes on Oblique Growth

Since Golan’s questions for generative artists and Jim Campbell’s Formula for Computer Art proved so popular, here are three other lists of questions and creative strategies.

Oblique Strategies: Honour thy error as a secret intention. In 1975 Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt (a painter) published the Oblique Strategies. The Strategies is a collection of cards, with short texts on one side meant to inspire artists to try a different approach when experiencing a creative block. The creative process is often fickle, and most artists develop certain tricks that they tend to rely on when things get tough. For good or bad these develop into clichees and become potential impediments to the work itself.

Enter the Oblique Strategies: Draw a card by random, and it might give such sage advice as “Honour thy error as a secret intention