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Games

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 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
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
It might almost be a visitor from outer space.
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
Taking the work of Rembrandt as the leading example of what can be
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
Second Game The first part of the game is played in silence. The players are informed that each of them has been given a card which is allocated somewhere within the area of play (though not deliberately hidden).
Archive Record Created : 18 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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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.
Archive Record Created : 22 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
It might almost be a visitor from outer space.
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
Taking the work of Rembrandt as the leading example of what can be
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 17 Sep 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 9 months ago

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