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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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Why Games  is an A5 leaflet which lays out the philosophical basis for the games. it is available to read or download here (the whole document  exists below), or if you want actual copies, they are available from the Black-E for the cost of the postage.
Archive Record Created : 16 Oct 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 3 months ago
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Archive Record Created : 06 Jul 2016 --- Updated : 1 year 3 months ago
Archive Record Created : 16 Sep 2013 --- Updated : 1 year 5 months ago
This Exhibition resulted from a Meeting And Greeting Game.
Archive Record Created : 30 Apr 2016 --- Updated : 1 year 5 months ago
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
Archive Record Created : 25 Jul 2017 --- Updated : 1 year 6 months ago
The 43  exhibition began to come to life on 26 May 2011 with… AN INVITATION TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY
Archive Record Created : 07 Jun 2015 --- Updated : 1 year 6 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 16 Sep 2013 --- Updated : 1 year 6 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 6 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 7 months ago
The players are sat in a circle around the storyteller. The storyteller begins by asking questions.  The players all agree on the answer before this answer is given to the storyteller (or, alternatively, they all agree that they cannot answer the question). 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 7 months ago
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Archive Record Created : 06 Jul 2016 --- Updated : 1 year 3 months ago
The 43  exhibition began to come to life on 26 May 2011 with… AN INVITATION TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY
Archive Record Created : 07 Jun 2015 --- Updated : 1 year 6 months ago
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. 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 7 months ago
The players are sat in a circle around the storyteller. The storyteller begins by asking questions.  The players all agree on the answer before this answer is given to the storyteller (or, alternatively, they all agree that they cannot answer the question). 
Archive Record Created : 23 Jun 2012 --- Updated : 1 year 7 months ago
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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago
The players are invited to move around,  each time they meet another player they create hand-greeting repeating this three times until both partners are happy with the hand-greeting created. Both players must contribute equally to the greeting (that is, the greeting does not reveal one active player and one passive player).
Archive Record Created : 07 May 2015 --- Updated : 6 years 5 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 7 months ago

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