39. Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. "Oblique strategies: one hundred worthwhile dilemmas," 1975.
"Fourth again revised and more universal edition," 1996. Recently revised by Brian Eno. Selected, edited, "et traduit en americaine par" Peter Norton. Graphic and container design by Pae White. Translated into Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, Russian and Arabic by Berlitz Translation Services. Cards printed by Typecraft, Pasadena, CA. Corian container milled by Foothill Pacific Design, Pomona, CA. Assembled and fulfilled by Marketing Techniques Inc., Carlsbad, CA, 1996.
Rare Book Collection. Presented to RBC by Gerald Bolas, Ackland Art Museum. Includes Christmas card from the Norton family.

Musician, producer, author, painter, perfumer and modern Renaissance man Brian Eno initially devised his Oblique Strategies as an aid to creativity in the recording studio. He and Peter Schmidt went on to refine and broaden the piece so that it can apply to any life situation. The instructions — again, instructions from the artist à la Johnson and Ono — are simple: when faced with a dilemma or impasse, one is to draw a card from the deck of Oblique Strategies and follow its advice. The cards themselves read a little like fortune cookies, a little more like Zen koans, and a lot like abstract poetry: "Not building a wall, making a brick," for example, or "A line has two sides." Though initially intended to be utilitarian, their translation into vivid graphic design (and the six most commonly spoken human languages) for this fourth edition turns them into poetry and art, and makes them understandable to nearly every literate viewer on Earth.

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