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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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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
Archive Record Created : 22 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 22 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
The game begins with the players going on a journey to an agreed destination.
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
The activities in the space look something like a scene from a divine comedy.
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
There is no single structure around which meeting and greeting games may be devised.  Meeting games may explore and celebrate the physical interactions of meetings and greetings, the verbal interactions, or both.  Players may be creating hand greetings which have never been seen before, introducing themselves in ways which they have never done before, or meeting other players whom they cannot see.  Games along these lines are described in this chapter.
Archive Record Created : 07 May 2015 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
THE DIY OF OBSTACLE COURSE GAMES The creation of an obstacle course is a game in itself, and may indeed be structured as a game for players to undertake before they venture into an obstacle course of their own creation.
Archive Record Created : 06 May 2015 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 30 Apr 2016 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
This games was played over two weeks and the intention of the game was to end up with a photographic exhibition of Doors and Gates.
Archive Record Created : 16 Sep 2013 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
It looks like a skipping marathon.  All of the players have taken a skipping rope.  Some are skipping gently, some are skipping at speed, and some are trying out tricky footwork and crossed arms as they skip.  Then one player trips on their rope and stops skipping.  The player puts down the rope and lies down on the floor as if going to sleep. 
Archive Record Created : 22 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
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There is no single structure around which meeting and greeting games may be devised.  Meeting games may explore and celebrate the physical interactions of meetings and greetings, the verbal interactions, or both.  Players may be creating hand greetings which have never been seen before, introducing themselves in ways which they have never done before, or meeting other players whom they cannot see.  Games along these lines are described in this chapter.
Archive Record Created : 07 May 2015 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
THE DIY OF OBSTACLE COURSE GAMES The creation of an obstacle course is a game in itself, and may indeed be structured as a game for players to undertake before they venture into an obstacle course of their own creation.
Archive Record Created : 06 May 2015 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 30 Apr 2016 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
This games was played over two weeks and the intention of the game was to end up with a photographic exhibition of Doors and Gates.
Archive Record Created : 16 Sep 2013 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
Dotto (originally titled ‘Thirty Something’ after a TV series exploring the lives of 30 year olds) was a game invented to celebrate our 3rd decade 1998-2008.  We started playing it in 1998 and played on until we left the building for redevelopment in 2003  
Archive Record Created : 10 Mar 2014 --- Updated : 1 year 7 months ago
It looks like a skipping marathon.  All of the players have taken a skipping rope.  Some are skipping gently, some are skipping at speed, and some are trying out tricky footwork and crossed arms as they skip.  Then one player trips on their rope and stops skipping.  The player puts down the rope and lies down on the floor as if going to sleep. 
Archive Record Created : 22 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
The players have been promised a party but first they are to decorate the room.  The players have been provided with a very long skipping rope, decorations, and a ladder.
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
Archive Record Created : 16 Sep 2013 --- Updated : 1 year 5 months ago
  A group of players are busy arranging a collection of wooden bricks into a large circle. 
Archive Record Created : 22 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 8 months ago
This Exhibition resulted from a Meeting And Greeting Game.
Archive Record Created : 30 Apr 2016 --- Updated : 1 year 5 months ago

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