Mark and Stephen Beasley
White Columns is proud to present in our Bulletin Board space FLUFFERS II, a project by Mark and Stephen Beasley inspired by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies (1975).
Created by musician Brian Eno and artist Peter Schmidt in 1975, the Oblique Strategies are a deck of around 100 cards, on each of which is printed an aphorism. They are intended as an aid to solving creative problems: each suggests an approach which might run counter to normal intuition, but which over time could lead to a more interesting solution. The cards provide a way out of linear, result-based thinking. They simulate the activity of a relaxed mind by forcing the problem solver to attack the problem from unconventional angles. There is no prescription as to the way in which the owner should use them: shuffle them, cut them, follow them, or ignore them.
FLUFFERS II, consists of aphorisms suggested by invited figures from the fields of art,
architecture, and music, and are intended as both a problem–solving aid and also as a snapshot of
the respective artists’ working methods. The first set of FLUFFERS, arranged by FlatPack001 (Mark and Stephen Beasley) and Robert Johnston, appeared more than ten years ago in 1999.