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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.

 

 

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Second Sight - Silhouettes - August 1977
Second Sight was based on using photography to get people to look again.  It came in two parts - part 1 was  events around the City and part 2  was photographic games played with young people in 4 different playschemes.  This is a description of part two - although there are good descriptions of the games, we have very little in the way of photographs. Silhouettes Read More
25-07-2017 1 year 7 weeks ago
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 2 years 16 weeks ago
Hand To Hand
This Exhibition resulted from a Meeting And Greeting Game. Read More
30-04-2016 2 years 24 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 2 years 24 weeks ago
The DIY Of Accomplishment Games
THE DIY OF ACCOMPLISHMENT GAMES Read More
30-04-2016 2 years 24 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 2 years 24 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 2 years 24 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 2 years 24 weeks ago
The DIY Of Unmistakeable Games
THE DIY OF UNMISTAKEABLE GAMES Read More
30-04-2016 2 years 24 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 2 years 24 weeks ago
Identities Are Lost And Found
Based on a party game this is one of the few games played at the Black-E which we did not create.  The players are moving around and meeting in pairs and small groups to ask questions and exchange answers. Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 24 weeks ago
Immobility Produces Results
Two players are holding a giant hoop.  Two other players are heading a football backwards and forwards through the hoop.  The game of headers continues so long as the football does not touch the ground  -  and so long as the ball passes inside the hoop (if the ball passes outside the hoop, then the players allow the ball to fall to the ground).  As soon as the ball touches the ground than the two players 'freeze' immediately into exactly the positions they are in as the ball strikes the groun Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 24 weeks ago
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 2 years 16 weeks ago
Leaning May Also Be Learning
It looks like a schoolyard game played in slow motion.  Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 24 weeks ago
Museum Of The Future
As an introduction to the game the players are divided into small groups and asked to consider what properties qualify an object for the title "A Museum Piece" - and also what properties qualify an object to be on display inside a museum. Read More
18-09-2012 5 years 4 weeks ago
New Moves Are Created By Hands Of Friendship
It looks like the most friendly of rituals.  Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 24 weeks ago
One Shape Leads To Another
All of the players are moving around the room.  They are all wearing blindfolds.  Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 24 weeks ago
One Voice May Speak For All
All of the players are wearing blindfolds, except one. The players wearing blindfolds are led individually into the space for the game and turned around.  They don't know where they are. Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 24 weeks ago
Parks And Streets
A game in which groups of players are invited to enclose the greatest possible areas of land using as their boundaries lines of communication between all members of the group. Read More
17-09-2012 5 years 4 weeks ago
Persistence May Overcome Resistance
The two groups of ten players have each been given two simple invitations.  First of all, they are invited to travel across the room as a group with (at most) fourteen feet touching the floor at any one time.  Then, after a pause, they are invited to travel back carrying a very long (but relatively light) cardboard tube and to do so without using their hands as they pick up, carry, or put down the tube. Read More
23-06-2012 6 years 16 weeks ago

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