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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 46 weeks 2 days 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 3 weeks ago
Hand To Hand
This Exhibition resulted from a Meeting And Greeting Game. Read More
30-04-2016 2 years 11 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 11 weeks ago
The DIY Of Accomplishment Games
THE DIY OF ACCOMPLISHMENT GAMES Read More
30-04-2016 2 years 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 weeks ago
The DIY Of Unmistakeable Games
THE DIY OF UNMISTAKEABLE GAMES Read More
30-04-2016 2 years 11 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 11 weeks ago
Players Create As Little Disturbance As Possible
Some two dozen slim wooden sticks or rods, each one metre long, have been dropped into an interlocking heap on the ground.   Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 11 weeks ago
Players May See Through The Voice Or Hands Of Their Partner
The obstacle course is contained between two white lines.  A blindfolded player within the white lines is being talked through the obstacle course by another player outside the white lines.  The journey to date has taken some twenty minutes and has been a feat of communication and concentration.  Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 11 weeks ago
Reflections
Working in small groups the players are invited to use photography to make a collage depicting an object and its reflection in water. The object chosen is to be depicted using photographic images of water while the object’s ’reflection' is to  be depicted in photographic images of the object itself. Read More
17-09-2012 3 years 9 weeks ago
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 46 weeks 2 days ago
Sheep Works And Head Works
First Game The players are invited to create an image of an object using smaller images of different varieties of the same object. The Headwork (a head made up of pictures of heads) and its companion the Sheepwork (a sheep made up of pictures of sheep) are two examples of how this was carried out at the Blackie. Read More
18-09-2012 3 years 9 weeks ago
Something Unknown Is Revealed
The players are seated in a circle and are introducing themselves.  Each player is taking a turn to speak and talks for about a minute.  Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 11 weeks ago
Songs Provide Illumination
  A large tree has been painted on the back wall of the room.  Lighting is low and players are lighting small candles (night lights), and carrying them carefully across the room and hanging them from a myriad of hanging points among the branches of the tree. Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 11 weeks ago
The Bird Works On Tour
The Birds Works came out of The Flower Works, originally a Gallery Game played in staff games sessions and then played with young people in playschemes both at the Blackie and on tour. Read More
16-09-2013 3 years 2 weeks ago
The DIY Of Accomplishment Games
THE DIY OF ACCOMPLISHMENT GAMES Read More
30-04-2016 2 years 11 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 11 weeks ago

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