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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 – the ‘original teenagers’ of the Greater Manchester music scene, who are 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.

Image credit: Eileen Simpson and Ben White, Everything I Have Is Yours (Ungraded film still 1) 2019 (cc) by-sa 4.0. Image courtesy of the artists.

Discover more about the project with this short film.

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.

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