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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
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
The Domino Effect May Take Over
A group of players have each been given a set of dominoes.  Each player has taken up their chosen position in the room and is quietly building a structure with dominoes.  One player is building a tower.  Other players are using the dominoes to make walls or fences.  Some players are building house like structures with walls and roofs and open doorways.  All the structures, when completed, have made use of all the dominoes in a set. Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 11 weeks ago
The Envelope Game
A game to be played by one player in conjunction with a repetitious job of work. The job of work is divided into a number of sequences. Every time a sequence is completed the player goes on a journey to seek out and take an instant photograph of an object which is in some way related to the work in hand. Read More
17-09-2012 5 years 43 weeks ago
The Hands Become Warm And The Feet May Relax
A group of players are seated in a circle.  ne of the players begins to clap in rhythm.  The other players take up the rhythm until the group are all clapping in unison.  The clapping continues.  The leader gives a signal and following this signal all the players cease clapping simultaneously. Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 11 weeks ago
The Male/Female Game
A game to be played with two groups - one consisting of female players and one consisting of male players.  The game begins with each group of players being invited to consider and reach a definition of the attitudes both of their own sex towards the opposite sex and of their own sex towards itself. Read More
18-09-2012 4 years 43 weeks ago
The Many Move In Harmony With The Few
What might have seemed a potentially frustrating problem has been turned into a positive experience. A group of players are travelling across a room using a small number of wooden boards as 'stepping stones'.  But there are eight players and they have only five boards.  Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 11 weeks ago
The Music Of Silence is Explored
The room is very quiet.  A player is carefully venturing through an obstacle course, and reviewing the obstacles ahead before moving forward.  Read More
23-06-2012 3 years 11 weeks ago
The Players Feet Leave The Ground When The Music Stops
Twenty four colourful carpet tiles have been placed randomly on the floor.  A group of twenty four players are stood quietly alongside the carpet tiles.   Music begins and the players start to dance  -  being careful not to touch any of the carpet tiles as they dance.  The music stops and each player steps to stand motionless on a carpet tile. Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 11 weeks ago

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