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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 20 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 29 weeks ago
Hand To Hand
This Exhibition resulted from a Meeting And Greeting Game. Read More
30-04-2016 2 years 37 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 37 weeks ago
The DIY Of Accomplishment Games
30-04-2016 2 years 37 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 37 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 37 weeks ago
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 37 weeks ago
The DIY Of Unmistakeable Games
30-04-2016 2 years 37 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 37 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 37 weeks ago
The Players Follow An Invisible Leader
A group of players are travelling very slowly towards the centre of a room.  They are all moving in exactly the same way and at the same slow speed.  When they reach the centre of the room they carefully arrange themselves so that they are cheek to cheek, with all the players connected to one another so that there is no break in this cheek to cheek chain.  The players are quiet and still for a moment, and then begin to count in unison from one to ten with the counting becoming progressively louder and Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 37 weeks ago
The Players May Be Heard But Not Seen
It might almost be a visitor from outer space. Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 37 weeks ago
The Players May Relinquish Their Identities
There are ships made of wood and ships made of metal.  But this is a ship made of people. The ship is gliding slowly across the room with the players lifting, stretching, bending, crouching and holding on to one another to create the figurehead, bow, hull, and stern of a sailing ship.  Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 37 weeks ago
The Rembrandt Game
Taking the work of Rembrandt as the leading example of what can be Read More
17-09-2012 3 years 32 weeks ago
The Tools, Hands, And Mind Games 1
First Game A game to concentrate the minds and the hands of the players on the qualities of a work tool - in this case a wood saw. The players are divided into pairs and after receiving a small package - one package to each pair - move to localities which separate each pair from the others. Read More
17-09-2012 5 years 17 weeks ago
The Tools, Hands, And Mind Games 2
Second Game A game based on the proposition put to the players that a simple tool like a hammer requires as much care and thought, if it is to be used properly, as do more apparently complex tools. Read More
17-09-2012 3 years 22 weeks ago
The Tools, Hands, And Mind Games 3
Third Game A game in which the players are invited to test the actions and effects of a wide range of hammers - from the delicacy of the pin hammer to the force and weight of a power driven hammer. Read More
17-09-2012 5 years 17 weeks ago
Trees May Be Remembered
A group of players have each been given a tennis ball and invited to throw and catch the ball whilst remaining in their chosen position in the room.  Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 37 weeks ago
Vital Messages Are Conveyed By Electrons
Could this be a training exercise for astronauts ?  or for TV directors ?  or for camera operators ? A blindfolded player wearing headphones is progressing through an obstacle course of ropes, ladders, and overturned chairs.  Following the blindfolded player through the obstacle course is a player with a video camera.  Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 37 weeks ago

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