Everything I Have Is Yours is an ambitious film and sound work by Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) that looks back to the first decade of the UK pop charts (1952-62). Working with a group of older musicians – many of whom are the ‘original teenagers’ of the Greater Manchester music scene, now in their 70s and 80s – the film focuses on this diverse group as they re-engage with public-domain samples from the formative era of the ‘birth of pop’, and incorporate these timeless sounds into new musical creations. When the musicians play, they individually and collectively interact with digital technology, recalling archive sounds ripped from 1950s and early 1960s shellac and vinyl chart hits. As the group trigger these sounds from the past, the camera continuously tracks its way through the assembled musicians, echoing the circular loops of the music itself.
Everything I Have Is Yours has been commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Contemporary Art Society, University of Salford Art Collection and Castlefield Gallery. An edition of the film will enter the University of Salford Art Collection. To coincide with the launch of Everything I Have Is Yours, Castlefield Gallery will present Eileen Simpson and Ben White: Open Music Archive, the first UK survey show of the artists’ work from Friday 14 June – Sunday 18 August 2019.
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 4 July – Sunday 3 November 2019
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm; Saturday & Sunday 11.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford
Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, the Contemporary Art Society, University of Salford Art Collection and Castlefield Gallery through ‘Equal Shares’ 2019
Presented by Contemporary Art Society, Mbili Foundation and the University of Salford.
Supported by: Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
Outreach & engagement programme supported by:The National Lottery Community Fund, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Castlefield Gallery Commissioning Patrons, Jo and Allan Melzack.
Community partners:Age UK, Great Places Housing Group, Northwards Housing, Salford Community Leisure.
Funders: Film and Video Umbrella and Castlefield Gallery are funded by Arts Council England as National Portfolio Organisations. Castlefield Gallery is funded by Manchester City Council as a Cultural Partner.