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The Black-E has been exploring and creating games for over 40 years.  Staff and invited guests play them weekly.   They have been played in art colleges, schools, youth clubs, and art galleries.  They have been played indoors and outdoors.  They run across art forms.  Sometime the playing of the games is an end in itself.  Sometimes the games lead to the creation of visual works, music CDs, videos, poems, stories, and dances.

 

 

Select from Games sub-categories below. . .

Is Inspired By The Natural History Of Bees
The game begins when one of the players leaves the room.  When this player returns they begin what appears at first to be a private dance.  All of the other players then begin to copy and learn this dance. Read More
23-06-2012 1 year 21 hours ago
Hand To Hand
This Exhibition resulted from a Meeting And Greeting Game. Read More
30-04-2016 1 year 7 weeks ago
DIY Of Upside-Down Children's Games
The four games described in this chapter are upside-down versions of the party games musical chairs and pic-a-stick, the playground game tig (or tag), and 'blind man's buff'.  Turning a familiar children's game or competition upside-down, however, is not easy.  It only seems easy and natural after it has been done.  Read More
30-04-2016 1 year 8 weeks ago
The DIY Of Accomplishment Games
THE DIY OF ACCOMPLISHMENT GAMES Read More
30-04-2016 1 year 8 weeks ago
The DIY Of Rescue Games
These games are based on two (and in some variations of these games on three) interlinking activities or tasks. Read More
30-04-2016 1 year 8 weeks ago
The DIY Of Travelling Games
There are as many different journeys which can be made across a room or space in the course of a game as there are journeys which can be made around the world.  Read More
30-04-2016 1 year 8 weeks ago
THE DIY OF UNISON GAMES
Almost any activity or task, or sequence or combination of activities and/or tasks, may provide the basis for a unison game.  These activities or tasks may be determined before the game begins, or determined (within prescribed limits) by the players during the course of the game.  Read More
30-04-2016 1 year 8 weeks ago
The DIY Of Unmistakeable Games
THE DIY OF UNMISTAKEABLE GAMES Read More
30-04-2016 1 year 8 weeks ago
A Meditational Activity May Produce Growth
A picture of a flower is emerging stroke by stroke on a blackboard.  It is being created by a group of players.  All the players began this game by gently rising and sinking with boards balanced on their heads.  Any time a board has fallen to the floor, the player losing the board has gone over to the blackboard and made a single chalk mark towards the creation of a flower :  the player then returns to their place, replaces the board on their head, and begins again gently rising and falling.  Read More
23-06-2012 1 year 8 weeks ago
Agreement May Produce Pleasing Results
The players are sat in a circle around the storyteller. The storyteller begins by asking questions.  The players all agree on the answer before this answer is given to the storyteller (or, alternatively, they all agree that they cannot answer the question).  Read More
23-06-2012 1 year 8 weeks ago
(17) Exchange & Mart since 1968 - Dec. 1985
  To read the contents click on the numbers below, and click on the image to enlarge it. Read More
06-07-2016 41 weeks 2 days ago
43 - From May 2011
The 43  exhibition began to come to life on 26 May 2011 with… AN INVITATION TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY Read More
07-06-2015 1 year 22 weeks ago
A Meditational Activity May Produce Growth
A picture of a flower is emerging stroke by stroke on a blackboard.  It is being created by a group of players.  All the players began this game by gently rising and sinking with boards balanced on their heads.  Any time a board has fallen to the floor, the player losing the board has gone over to the blackboard and made a single chalk mark towards the creation of a flower :  the player then returns to their place, replaces the board on their head, and begins again gently rising and falling.  Read More
23-06-2012 1 year 8 weeks ago
Agreement May Produce Pleasing Results
The players are sat in a circle around the storyteller. The storyteller begins by asking questions.  The players all agree on the answer before this answer is given to the storyteller (or, alternatively, they all agree that they cannot answer the question).  Read More
23-06-2012 1 year 8 weeks ago
Becoming Breathless May Also Become A Friendly Habit
A player runs into a room where one player is lowering themselves to the ground in slow motion and the other players are each individually and quietly engaged in building card houses.  The running player is breathing heavily and beginning to sweat.  This player steps carefully over to the figure moving in slow motion  -  avoiding any vibration likely to disturb the card houses which are being assembled  -  and touches the slow moving figure on the shoulder.  After a moment of relaxa Read More
22-06-2012 1 year 8 weeks ago
Chance Is Brought About By Touch
A group of players are dancing with hoola-hoops.  Some players are keeping the hoola-hoops in motion around their waists, some around their hips, and some around their necks, arms, or legs.  Whenever a hoola-hoop falls to the floor the player simply picks up the hoop and starts again. Meanwhile, one other player  -  in an area with flowers and vases  -  is practising flower arrangement. Read More
22-06-2012 1 year 8 weeks ago
Collage By Letter
The game begins with the players going on a journey to an agreed destination. Read More
17-09-2012 2 years 4 weeks ago
Cookery Skills Produce Food For The Eye
The invitation to the players is to "Follow The Yellow Brick Road".  The Yellow Brick Road on this occasion is an arc, almost a complete circle, of yellow carpet tiles.  In the centre of the circle is a tall white circular cylinder. Read More
23-06-2012 5 years 3 days ago
Creating Hand Greetings
The players are invited to move around,  each time they meet another player they create hand-greeting repeating this three times until both partners are happy with the hand-greeting created. Both players must contribute equally to the greeting (that is, the greeting does not reveal one active player and one passive player). Read More
07-05-2015 2 years 7 weeks ago
Democracy Is Tested To Its Limits
The activities in the space look something like a scene from a divine comedy. Read More
23-06-2012 1 year 8 weeks ago

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