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Open Music Archive initiated by artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White, is a collaborative project to explore the potentials of public domain archive material.

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Open House | Divided Estates - Hiroshima MoCA, Japan

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Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
1-1 Hijiyama-koen, Minami-ku
Hiroshima 732-0815
Japan

26 November 2014 - 25 January 2015

Open House | Divided Estates is showing at Hiroshima MOCA as part of a programme curated by Yukie Kamiya.

Shot on location in Mexico City, Open House | Divided Estates takes as its starting point the intimate spaces of Casa Barragán, the former home of architect Luis Barragán, and his large collection of vinyl records. Shelves of vinyl, record turntables and speaker systems are installed in almost every room in Barragán’s house, including hidden speakers in the garden. The film reanimates the architect's extensive record collection through playback, choreographed camera moves and lip synch.

Open House | Divided Estates attempts to open out the public domain territory of Barragán’s record collection while exploring the grey zone of the building's image rights. The film explores both the complex web of propriety rights locked within the vinyl collection and images of the house in relation to their legal position and public access.

The soundtrack to Open House | Divided Estates is created entirely from copyright-expired recordings and fair use samples taken from the extensive and idiosyncratic record collection. For Hiroshima MoCA a new version of Open House | Divided Estates has been assembled for distribution in Japan. The film and its soundtrack are distributed under a copyleft license (cc by-sa3.0).

Open House | Divided Estates was originally produced during a research and production residency with de_sitio at Casa Estudio Luis Barragán.

Local Recall - Ancoats, Manchester

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Hallé St Peter’s
40 Blossom Street
Ancoats
Manchester
M4 6BF

Thursday 20th November

7pm - 9pm

FREE - book a ticket here

For their new live artwork Local Recall, Open Music Archive explore the ghostly echoes that persist through repetition in the playback of music and draw line between the model industrial city of the late 19th Century and post-industrial Manchester of the early 1990s.

Open Music Archive ran workshops with young people from 42nd Street with Unity Radio 92.8FM, to remix, cut-up, loop and re-assemble late 19th Century music gleaned from player piano rolls. The results will be played back and performed live for a 21st Century audience.

Featuring: DJ sets, live piano performance and a new audio-visual work with specially commissioned soundtrack produced by Graham Massey (808 State) using 1990s music technology.

Barragán Sound System - MK Gallery

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MK Gallery
900 Midsummer Blvd
Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Saturday 14 June 2014

7pm - 9pm

Recordings ripped from Barragán's vinyl collection are used as source material for a live event – ranging from early Mexican folk recordings, European minimalism, Central African field recordings, and American cabaret. Guest artists and producers are invited to process and remix the material to create copyleft licensed live performances:

Jonny Hill
Tom White

This new event brings to life works with a legal status identified primarily through the date of the death of the author, and echoes an event which took place in October 2012 at Casa Barragán during the week of Día de los Muertos. At the present time, Mexico currently boasts the most restrictive copyright law worldwide, with copyright in recorded sound to 100 years from both the date of recording and the death of the author. Legal frameworks governing the material in the EU, enables a different subset of the collection to be freed for use at MK Gallery.

FREE EVENT

Open House | Divided Estates - MK Gallery

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MK Gallery
900 Midsummer Blvd
Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Open House | Divided Estates (2013)
A film by Eileen Simpson and Ben White

1 May - 15 June 2014

A looped screening in the first floor Video Space.

Shot on location in Mexico City, Open House | Divided Estates takes as its starting point the intimate spaces of Casa Barragán, the former home of architect Luis Barragán, and his large collection of vinyl records. Shelves of vinyl, record turntables and speaker systems are installed in almost every room in Barragán’s house, including hidden speakers in the garden. The film reanimates the architect's extensive record collection through playback, choreographed camera moves and lip synch.

Open House | Divided Estates attempts to open out the public domain territory of Barragán’s record collection while exploring the grey zone of the building's image rights. The film explores both the complex web of propriety rights locked within the vinyl collection and images of the house in relation to their legal position and public access.

The soundtrack to Open House | Divided Estates is created entirely from copyright-expired recordings and fair use samples taken from the extensive and idiosyncratic record collection. For MK Gallery a new version of Open House | Divided Estates has been assembled for European distribution in 2014. The film and its soundtrack are distributed under a copyleft license (cc by-sa3.0).

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Biblioteca, Tapanco, Recámara - MK Gallery

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11 April - 15 June 2014

MK Gallery
900 Midsummer Blvd
Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Margaret Powell Square
Broadcast (looped) throughout Gallery opening hours

Biblioteca, Tapanco, Recámara is a new sound installation that takes music ripped from Luis Barragán's vinyl collection, recorded in three different rooms in Barragán's house, and presents them as an archival audio stream outside MK Gallery.

The work appropriates the tactics of Mexico City's ambulantes – travelling music vendors who ride the city's Metro system selling pirate CDs while broadcasting chopped-up preview snippets of their catalogue from hacked backpack sound systems. The audio installation features out-of-copyright snippets, loops and fragments of transfers from Barragán's vinyl collection – echoing elements of the soundtrack for the artists’ film Open House | Divided Estates (screening at MK Gallery in May) and previewing elements to be used in the forthcoming Barragán Sound System event (which will take place at MK Gallery in June).

Source material is distributed for free public download

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Utopographies - Chelsea College of Art, London

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Triangle Space
Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
London
SW1P 4JU

28 - 29th March 2014

We are contributing to Utopographies at Chelea College of Arts.

Playhead: a Parallel Anthology

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Schizophonia
25 October 2013 - 16 February 2014

Centre D'Art Contemporain La Synagogue de Delme
33 rue Poincaré F - 57590 Delme

curated by Anna Colin & Sam Thorne

Playhead (2013) by Eileen Simpson and Ben White builds on an ongoing project initiated by Open Music Archive for 17th Biennale of Sydney 2010 taking as a starting point the 1952 release Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. The project brings together alternative public domain versions of tracks from the anthology not closed down by copyright, from non-attributed folk versions and covers to commercial recordings whose proprietary interests have expired. New copyleft iterations are simultaneously generated from elements of the archive material.

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Schizophonia - Synagogue de Delme

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We've been commissioned to make a new work for:

Schizophonia

Centre D'Art Contemporain La Synagogue de Delme

25 October 2013 - 16 February 2014

Centre D'Art Contemporain La Synagogue de Delme
33 rue Poincaré F - 57590 Delme

With: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Latifa Echakhch, Sharon Hayes, Hiwa K, Franck Leibovici, Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive), Adrian Piper, The Otolith Group

Schizophonia explores the histories of music, sound and speech as reinterpreted and written by artists. Many of these artists share an interest in sonic archives; they collect, revive and generate recordings - whether unconventional, popular, politicised or dormant - and examine the ways in which these are circulated.

curated by Anna Colin & Sam Thorne

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ATL 2067: The Recordings - Camden Arts Centre

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Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG
United Kingdom

Friday 18 October
8.00 - 9.00pm

For a special event during the Kara Walker exhibition, Open Music Archive presents an audio-visual DJ set of material recorded at their ATL 2067 project in Atlanta, Georgia.

more info


ATL 2067 - Flux Night, Atlanta

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Saturday 5 October 2013
7 pm to midnight
at the intersection of Peters St SW and Walker St SW
Castleberry Hill, Atlanta GA

FREE ENTRY

ATL 2067 imagines a future Atlanta. 1920s recordings from the city, fixed during the early days of the recording industry and controlled under copyright in the USA until 2067, mutate into new beats for emcees and rappers. Special guest hosts bring exclusive live performances:

Boog Brown
staHHr
J-Live
Ekundayo

OPEN MIC

Bring your rhymes / Fast-fwd over 50 years / imagine a future Atlanta

no registration needed to join the freestyle cypher

More info and downloads

Undoing Property? launch - The Show Room, London

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Undoing Property?
Edited by Marysia Lewandowska and Laurel Ptak

Launch: Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6:30–8.30pm
Marysia Lewandowska in conversation with Claire Pentacost and Marilyn Strathern, with DJ set by the Open Music Archive.

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ

More info

En Vivo: Performance and Performativity - Mexico City

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Our new film shot during a de_sitio residency at Casa Luis Barragán will be shown as part of:

En Vivo: Performance and Performativity
Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola
Bosque de Chapultepec
Mexico City

13 June - 4 August 2013 (closed between 1 and 21 July), opening 12 June, 19:00

More info

On Collaborative Elaboration of Meaning - ICA London

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We are contributing to:

On Collaborative Elaboration of Meaning: Photography & Film
14 May 2013
6.30pm
ICA Studio
£5 / Free to ICA Members

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

More info

The River Has Two Banks, Ramallah

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Struggle in Jerash is being shown as part of The River Has Two Banks curated by Curated by Shuruq Harb, Samah Hijawi and Toleen Touq.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
7:00 PM at Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, Palestine

film material will be freely distributed following the screening

more info

The Brilliant and the Dark: B Sides for Remix, Cafe OTO

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All My Independent Women 2012 presents:

An Open Music Archive project
The Brilliant and the Dark: B Side Samples for Remix

Friday 16 November 2012
Door Times : 8pm

Cafe OTO
18 - 22 Ashwin street
Dalston
London E8 3DL

Tickets : £5 adv/conc, £6 on the door

B Side Samples for Remix is the latest iteration of The Brilliant and the Dark culminating in a night of experimental electronics, live remix and mutated vocals.

The 1969 archive operatic work for women's voices – as re-worked via all-female choir Gaggle and released in 2011 – is remixed live by:

KAREN GWYER

BEATRICE DILLON

OPEN MUSIC ARCHIVE

plus GAGGLE DJs.

Audio and images from the event

Barragán Sound System, Mexico City

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Open Music Archive has been invited by de_sitio to develop a research and production residency that takes as a departure point, the music archive of Casa Estudio Luis Barragán with funding from MIRIAD

Tuesday 30th October 2012
8pm-10pm

Casa Luis Barragán
General Francisco Ramírez 12-14
Colonia Ampliación Daniel Garza
México, D.F. 11840

Delving into the personal archive of Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902-1988), UK artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) explore the architect’s record collection, housed in his former private residence. Barragán, well known for his devotion to the practice of solitude, clearly found refuge in music. Record players and speaker systems are installed in almost every room in his house (including the garden) and the house and collection operate as a kind of storage and playback system.

Through their research at Casa Barragán, the artists have explored the legal terrain of the music in Barragán’s record collection – particularly in relation to the complex web of propriety rights locked within the recordings. At the present time Mexico currently boasts the most restrictive copyright law worldwide, with legal revisions in 1994 and 2003 extending copyright in recorded sound to 100 years from both the date of recording and the death of the author. The artists gleaned material from the collection that achieved the status ‘copyright-expired’ before the legal changes, in an attempt to extract public domain music and audio fragments from vinyl and shellac 78s.

Barragán Sound System is a live event using public archive recordings as source material, with guest producers invited to process and remix through short live performances. The event, which takes place during the week of Día de los Muertos, brings to life works, with a legal status identified primarily through the date of the death of the author. Barragán Sound System features: Live performances by invited guests Rogeilo Sosa, Carmina Escobar and Andres Solis who will remix the archive source; an Open Music Archive DJ set of public tracks from the collection, plus a preview of the artists forthcoming film shot at Casa Barragán.

More info, photos, audio and source material from the event

de_sitio, Mexico City

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We have been invited by de_sitio to carry out a research and production residency that takes as a departure point the music archive of Casa Estudio Luis Barragán.

de_sitio is a non-profit platform with no permanent address devoted to the conception, development and promotion of contemporary art projects. de_sitio seeks to expand the possibilities of collaboration in different contexts with different organizations and individuals in order to foster continuous and consistent exchange in the development of ideas and concrete research. These are shared through different formats such as publications, residencies, exhibitions and other public programs. Focusing on the work process, de_sitio is a flexible and critical platform that prioritizes those projects based on dialogue.

This project is part of En vivo: performance and performativity

The Brilliant and the Dark - VBKÖ, Vienna

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An exhibition by Eileen Simpson and Ben White
Documenting the reinterpretation of an archive 1969 cantata for women's voices featuring extraordinary 22 piece women's choir Gaggle.

30th August - 3rd October 2012
Opening 30th August 19:00

Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ)
Maysedergasse 2/4. Stock (Lift)
1010 Vienna

more info

Many thanks to Nina Hoechtl for the invitation

Click here for images

plus

Screening of Struggle in Jerash

1st September 19:30h

TOP KINO
Rahlgasse 1, 1060
Vienna


Struggle in Jerash, no.w.here

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Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive)

Struggle in Jerash – screening and discussion

17th July 7-9pm

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First Floor, 316-318 Bethnal Green Road
London
E2 OAG

film material will be freely distributed following the screening

more info

As the first Jordanian audio-visual works begin to fall into the public domain, a constellation of interests are translating, drafting and revising copyrights laws, trade agreements and licences to control the flow of culture and build new markets.

Against the backdrop of these emerging intellectual property markets, in 2008 artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White embarked on a period of research in Amman, Jordan – speaking to lawyers, copyright activists, software developers, artists, musicians, journalists, curators, film makers and critics – in an attempt to seek out the common cultural resources of Jordan’s public domain.

The result is Struggle In Jerash – a project convened around a lost 1957 Jordanian feature film of the same name, which fell out-of-copyright the year of the artists’ residency, and is used as a catalyst to explore value and meaning in archival material.

part of: A Lecture from behind the screen

From Commons to Communomics: Resisting Privatization

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We've been invited to contribute to:

Questions of Value - From Commons to Communomics: Resisting Privatization
Speakers: Christophe Bruno, Neil Cummings, Open Music Archive, Toni Prug, Stevphen Shukaitis.
Moderated by: Kuba Szreder
Date: Wednesday, 27th of June 2012, 2 pm - 7 pm,
Location: Design School building, Loughborough University
Organized by Politicized Practice Research Group, School of the Arts and RADAR, Loughborough University
Convened by: Corina Oprea and Kuba Szreder

The Admission to the Seminar is free, but the number of places is limited, please RVSP to: E.L.Nadin@lboro.ac.uk

Song Division - Camden Arts Centre

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Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White develop a series of experimental events exploring the sonic potentials of materials gleaned from the edges of the public domain. Simpson and White have sourced a range of songs from early commercial releases that are currently subject to a conflict in copyright status through a split in ownership between lyrics and musical composition.

Manuscripts and recordings have been edited, redacted, cut-up and processed to suppress copyright-secured elements and enable the release of public domain layers from the proprietary control of commercial publishers. Invited guests process the collected material through short live performances.

Thursday 06 October 7.00 – 8.30pm
Open Music Archive source DJ set

Wednesday 02 November 7.00 – 8.00pm
Live performance: Leafcutter John

Wednesday 16 November 7.00 – 8.00pm
Live performance: Lauren Doss AKA Mechanical Bride

Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London
NW3 6DG

more info

The Brilliant and the Dark - Elgar Rooms, Royal Albert Hall

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Wednesday 28 September 2011 - 8:00 PM

Elgar Rooms, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.

Gaggle perform The Brilliant and the Dark live

with

"COMMENTARY TO SLIDES" archive slideshow performance by Eileen Simpson and Ben White

Beyond Struggle in Jerash, Makan

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We are screening, discussing and distributing Struggle in Jerash at Makan

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Makan
Building number 21
Nadim Al-Mallah Street
Jabal Al-Weibdeh
Amman, Jordan

More info

This event is supported by MIRIAD and the European Cultural Foundation

Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York

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Struggle in Jerash will be screened as part of:

Film screenings and Conversations
United States of Palestine-Israel: Here and Elsewhere

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York

Free event

Full programme details

Shadowboxing, Royal College of Art, London

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Open Music Archive
Pre-release

Recorded: Thursday 17th March 2011 (18:30 – 20:30)

Broadcast: scheduled for 2021

We were invited by Sean Dockray to contribute to his Public Monument. We produced a future public domain radio programme – projecting forward a selection of out-of-copyright archive music and recordings currently controlled under copyrights due to expire by the time of broadcast in the year 2021.

In 2011 in the UK, the term of copyright in a musical composition is limited to the life of the author plus 70 years, while the term of copyright in a sound recording is limited to 50 years from the date of recording. Once this bundle of proprietary rights expires, a music recording enters the public domain and is held in common. The legal frameworks, which define the limits of the public domain, are by no means fixed. The future of the public domain is precarious – the field of culture is increasingly colonised for private interests as proprietors of intellectual property continually lobby for the extension of their control.

Pre-release optimistically opens up a future channel for public domain material beyond individual proprietary and commercial interests – a truly free broadcast for an imminent public domain.

The Pre-release radio programme was presented by Dan Scott

Part of SHADOWBOXING
18 March - 3 April 2011
Royal College of Art

more info and tracklist

Tempo Documentary Festival, Stockholm

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Struggle In Jerash will be screened at:

Tempo Documentary Festival
Stockholm, March 8-13 2011

Friday 11 March 18:00 – 19:20 Victoria 7
Saturday 12 March 14:15 – 15:45 Victoria 4

We are also contributing to the event Reality is Fiction:
Saturday 12 March 12:30 – 13:30 Skrapan
with Göran du Rées (professor Film School Gothenburg), Per Wirten (author and journalist) and Ben White and Eileen Simpson
Moderator: Shang Imam (journalist at Swedish Radio)
NOTE: discussion is in English

More info and programme

Read more about Struggle In Jerash at Catalogue Magazine

Artists Film Club - ICA London

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Artists Film Club - The Brilliant and The Dark

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

2 December 2010

Screening and Discussion 7:30 pm
Live Performance 8:15 pm (doors)

Eileen Simpson and Ben White present their new short video work The Brilliant and the Dark, a restaging of a 1969 cantata for women’s voices of the same name. Following a discussion with the artists and choir leader Deborah Coughlin (chaired by curator Anna Colin), the radically remixed cantata will be performed live by the extraordinary 22-piece women’s choir Gaggle.

Free, Book for the Screening, Discussion and Live Performance (limited capacity) or only for the Live Performance
Please call the Box Office on 020 7930 3647 to reserve your tickets.

The Brilliant and the Dark live performance supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

More info

Live cc licensed recording coming soon

LuckyPDF TV Autoitalia Live

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Running from the 9th October 2010 and broadcasting for 5 consecutive Saturdays at 5pm, Auto-Italia was transformed into a fully functioning independent TV studio.

We contributed to the last episode broadcast live Saturday 12th November:

Through re-enactment and lip-synching, Open Music Archive present a series of musical vignettes structured around public domain recordings from 1920s blues and jazz to 1960s soul via 1930s dance band crooners.

Al Bowlly’s 1936 newsreel appearance is scrambled (You’ve Got What Gets Me reversed and flipped as Me Gets What Got You’ve) and Vaughn De Leath’s 1927 crooning of Are You Lonesome Tonight? is melodically de-saturated and retroactively mutated by a 1960s monotone female Elvis.

Auto-Italia South East, 1 Glengall Road, Peckham, London SE15 6NJ

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Catalogue screening at SLG

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The Brilliant and The Dark video screening as part of:

Catalogue presents Film screening and Tatiana Trouvé in conversation

6 October 2010, 7pm, Free

South London Gallery
65 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH

To celebrate its first anniversary, Franco-British online contemporary art magazine Catalogue presents a special evening comprising a screening of films by artists featured in the magazine during its first year of publication, as well as a rare opportunity for a limited audience to hear Tatiana Trouvé in conversation with an invited speaker.

more info

The Brilliant and The Dark Live

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Thursday 23 September
7 - 8.30 pm

Eileen Simpson and Ben White have invited the extraordinary 22 piece women's choir Gaggle to reinterpret The Brilliant and the Dark, a 1969 cantata for women's voices and to perform it live at The Women's Library.

In addition they have asked vocalist Ellen Southern to create a new copyleft remix score, which will be performed with live band and singers on the same night.

All will be accompanied by an exclusive DJ set created by Eileen Simpson that celebrates music produced by women, gleaned from The Women's Library

The Women's Library
25 Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT

£6 / £4 concessions
Tickets: 020 7320 2222
(limited capacity - booking advised)

This event is part of Out of the Archives curated by Anna Colin


Out of the Archives runs until 2 October 2010 at The Women's Library.

25 Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 9:30 am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: Closed

Free entry

For the exhibition we negotiated with copyright owners music publishers Josef Weinberger for permission to use elements from the work and invited the all-women choir Gaggle to remix the music and lyrics of the original composition for a new music video. Filmed on location in The Women's Library exhibition hall, the video re-animates the 1969 performance through restaging situations – from the backstage preparations, to choreographed moments in the live event – which are documented in photographs held in the Library’s collection. The performers are seen in new costumes referencing the originals and amidst remade props.

Watch video and read more

Parallel Anthology - Whitechapel Late

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Friday 30 July, 8pm

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

An evening of music inspired by musicologist, record collector and artist Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. Simpson and White have collected parallel public domain versions of the anthology recordings not closed down by copyright - from non-attributed folk versions, to commercial recordings whose proprietary interests have expired. For this event musicians and producers have been invited to perform covers and remixes of Parallel Anthology for a night of plugged and unplugged performances.

Live Parallel Anthology sets by:

Leafcutter John
patten
Karen Gwyer

Plus Open Music Archive out-of-copyright/copyleft DJ set

Free Parallel Anthology source CD gift will be presented on entry.

Read more and listen to live recordings

Superdeluxe@Artspace Film Programme - 17th Biennale of Sydney

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Struggle in Jerash screening:

Superdeluxe@Artspace
The Gunnery Building
43–51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

Sunday, 25 July
3.00 pm

FREE
Bookings not required

More info

Outlet - Beaconsfield

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Distributing direct to the public, the temporary outlet makes available the out-of-copyright and copyleft material from Open Music Archive.

Listen, browse, burn and take away . . .

Sunday 18 July 2-8 pm

Beaconsfield
22 Newport Street
London
SE11 6AY

Part of the SpaceShip Earth freecycling party.

Read more about Outlet

Struggle in Jerash - Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF)

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Screening of Struggle in Jerash - a film by Eileen Simpson and Ben White

June 30, 2010
7:00 - 9:30 pm

Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF)
10 Hussein Hassab Street
Flat 6
Azarita
Alexandria
Egypt

Berlin Documentary Forum

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We're contributing to:

Berlin Documentary Forum # 1
New practices across disciplines

02.06.2010 - 06.06.2010

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
D10557 Berlin - Germany

The BERLIN DOCUMENTARY FORUM is a new programmatic initiative at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. It is an interdisciplinary festival showcasing visual, audiovisual and performative works from all over the world. It is also the first festival to stage a forum that debates the contemporary documentary as a politically committed form of representation.

Curator Eduardo Thomas presents a selection of contemporary experimental documentaries – all shown as German premieres. The program brings together films recently made in South America, the Middle East and Asia. The discussions with the filmmakers depart from previously dominant notions such as ‘authorship’, ‘authority’ and ‘authenticity’.

"Struggle In Jerash" with Eduardo Thomas, Eileen Simpson, and Ben White
Thu 03.06.2010 | 17:00 h

More info

PARADE: public modes of assembly and forms of address

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We are contributing to PARADE: public modes of assembly and forms of address

Friday 21 may
Launch event
5pm —7pm
Bring things to share in our Pot‐Luck of snacks, while Eileen Simpson & Ben White of the Open Music Archive play music from the commons.

Saturday 22 May
A day of consecutive BARCAMPS
10am — 6pm

Sunday 23 may
Market of Ideas
2pm — 6pm

Parade is at:
The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground
Chelsea College of Art and Design
16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU

LOOP Barcelona

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Struggle in Jerash is showing as part of LOOP Barcelona

HOTEL CATALONIA RABMLAS
Sala Fòrum
Pelai, 28

Saturday the 22nd of May
10:00 - 14:00

London Seen will be launched at this year’s edition of LOOP and functions as an exploration into moving-image practices on London’s contemporary art scene; prolific in exhibition formats, interactions and challenges to conventional circuits. The project brings to Barcelona platforms and exhibition spaces which reflect innovative engagement with and display of video and film. Gathering different types of sites for display, production, distribution and/or archiving of moving-image works, London Seen project aims to generate a reflection around the specific treatment of video and film, by bringing together the participant’s practices and trajectories.

Parallel Anthology - 17th Biennale of Sydney

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Superdeluxe@Artspace
The Gunnery Building
43–51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

Saturday, 15 May
7.30 pm – 12 am
FREE

Join Eileen Simpson and Ben White for an evening of free music launching their Parallel Anthology project inspired by musicologist and artist Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. Simpson and White have collected parallel public domain versions of the anthology recordings not closed down by copyright; from non-attributed folk versions, to commercial recordings whose proprietary interests have expired. The evening will feature a free CD giveaway and a DJ set featuring Parallel Anthology tracks, recordings from their Open Music Archive and new copyleft remixes, covers and versions made with a range of collaborators.

We're also contributing to the Opening Week Forum:

Saturday 15 May Session II : 1 pm
Communities, Commons, Copyright

Dr Gerald McMaster, Eileen Simpson and Ben White, Megan Tamati-Quennell

Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Free Event

More info

The Brilliant and The Dark - The Women's Library

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We are contributing to Out of the Archives exhibition at:

The Women's Library
London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT

12 May - 2 October 2010
FREE

The Women's Library exhibitions are open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm, with a late evening opening on Thursday until 8.00pm.

curated by Anna Colin

Struggle In Jerash - Gasworks London

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I Want to See / Struggle in Jerash
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige / Eileen Simpson and Ben White

Gasworks
155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH

16th April 2010 - 30th May 2010
Opening: Thursday 15 April 2010

As the first Jordanian audio-visual works begin to fall into the public domain, a constellation of interests are translating, drafting and revising copyrights laws, trade agreements and licences to control the flow of culture and build new markets.

Against the backdrop of these emerging intellectual property markets, in 2008 artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White embarked on a period of research in Amman, Jordan – speaking to lawyers, copyright activists, software developers, artists, musicians, journalists, curators, film makers and critics – in an attempt to seek out the common cultural resources of Jordan’s public domain.

The result is Struggle In Jerash – a project convened around a lost 1957 Jordanian feature film of the same name, which fell out-of-copyright the year of the artists’ residency, and is used as a catalyst to explore value and meaning in archival material.

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Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Mexico

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Struggle In Jerash has been selected to be screened as part of Ambulante Documentary Film Festival 2010

The festival tours to Mexico City, Metepec - Toluca, Cuernavaca, Leon, Puebla, Morelia, San Cristobal, Oaxaca, Monterrey, Tijuana, Xalapa and Guadalajara between Feb 12 - May 6

Panel discussion: "Copyright, intellectual property and public goods"
with Brett Gaylor, Ben White, Eileen Simpson and Pablo Duarte.
16:00 Friday 12th Feb Centro Diseño Cine y TV, Mexico City

Screening with Q&A session
17:30 Saturday 13th Feb Casa del Lago, Mexico City

Open Music Archive DJ set
22:00 Wed 17th Feb Hippodrome Hotel, Avenida Mexico 188, Col. Condesa, Mexico City

Injerto programme curated by Eduardo Thomas

Read more about Struggle In Jerash at Catalogue Magazine

Free/Slow University of Warsaw

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11th December 2009

Eileen and Ben will talk about Open Music Archive as part of OUR WAY, BY THE WAY NEW STRATEGIES FOR CULTURE

followed by an out-of-copyright/copyleft DJ set at Wspaniały Nowy Świat (former Nowy Świat cafe), ul. Nowy Świat 63 Warsaw

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Conference "Our Way, by the Way. New Strategies for Culture" took place in the Warsaw University Library between the 11th and the 13th of December 2009. Lectures and discussions were dedicated to the issues of alternative strategies for independent culture and its possible transformations

Ghost Trace Stellar

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Friday 17th July 2009

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Star and Shadow
Stepney Bank
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 2NP
T: 0191 261 0066

Organised by Polytechnic & Kate Sweeney. Part of the Polytechnic ecologies programme

We're working with Polytechnic to develop an evening of free music at Star and Shadow, an open volunteer-run social space and Cinema in Newcastle. We're inviting bands, musicians, producers and DJs to perform covers, versions, remixes or interpretations of the 1920s and 30s out-of-copyright folk, blues, and jazz from the Open Music Archive. A series of live plugged and unplugged performances will be recorded and licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike, generating a new resource - free for use and reuse in the future.

The event opens up a temporary channel for music, exchange and discussion that operates beyond individual proprietary and commercial interests.

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Felix's Machines

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Friday 19 December 2008
8-10pm

Gasworks
155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH

FREE ENTRY

Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) play a DJ set featuring out-of-copyright clips, blips and loops sampled from 19th Century music boxes, player pianos and other automated music machines. This is followed by a performance of new compositions made in collaboration with Felix Thorn for Felix's Machines, and assembled from out-of-copyright material for the player piano.

FREE GIFT: a copyleft licensed CD featuring the new compositions and source files will be given away on the night.

Map: download a PDF

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Open Music Archive Outlet, London

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22nd November - 14th December 2008
Coleman Project Space / 94 Webster Road / Bermondsey / London / SE16 4DF
Outlet open: Fri - Sun 12pm - 5pm & by appointment

Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White set up the first temporary outlet for their Open Music Archive. Distributing direct to the public, the outlet makes available the out-of-copyright and copyleft material from the archive on CDs, CDRs, and vinyl. Featuring new live recordings from Serafina Steer, Hest, Magic Arm, Sisters of Transistors, Per Ahlund and Mathias Josefson (Fylkingen), MC Strategy (Broke 'n' English); studio recordings by Homelife Duo, Liz Green, Sundowner; clips, blips and loops sampled mechanical music boxes; and 1920s and 30s archive source recordings by Leroy Carr, Virginia Liston, Cleo Brown and Honey Hill and more. . .

Visitors to the outlet can browse, listen and take away the music. The CDs and records are available in exchange for a suggested donation and all material is out-of-copyright or copyleft - free for use and reuse in the future.

The outlet is set up in collaboration with designer Ismini Adami.

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This is not a gateway

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Open Music Archive DJ set at:

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Thursday 23rd October 2008
7pm at Cafe Oto , Ashwin St, Dalston, London.

FREE ENTRY

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Free-to-air CD

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Free-to-Air CD containing 14 copyleft covers, versions and remixes of the out-of-copyright archive jazz / blues / music hall & folk from the Open Music Archive. Featuring Magic Arm, Homelife, Sisters of Transistors and more....

Send a donation of £5 and we'll post you a copy of the CD

Nought To Sixty, ICA

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Monday 29 September 2008 8 - 10 pm

Institute of Contemporary Arts

out-of-copyright archive jazz / blues / music hall & folk
covered / reworked and remixed by: MAGIC ARM, SERAFINA STEER and HEST with support from DJs DYSU and Tendraw playing a new set using the Declose copyleft battle record and more . . .

part of Nought to Sixty curated by Mark Sladen and Richard Birkett

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Loose Booty, Zurich

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Loose Booty at K3 - Project Space
Hardstrasse 219 - 8005 Zurich
27 September - 5 October 2008

opening 27th September with Open Music Archive DJ set 7pm till late

Disclosures II: The Middle Ages, Laxton

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Saturday 6 September 2008
Laxton, Nottinghamshire

For Disclosures II, Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) use Declose, the vinyl battle tool created for Disclosures I, to make music for a party in the barn.

Nottingham based Turntablists JS, DJ FEVER, and O.P.1 presented live sets created entirely from the battle vinyl. Thanks to James Kelly for putting us in touch.

Declose is a copyleft licensed 12" vinyl scratch tool containing a range of samples, beats and extracts made from out of copyright blues, jazz and folk housed in the Open Music Archive

Declose was made in collaboration with music producers from the burntprogress community.

Download the Declose record or request your free copy of the vinyl from: info@nottinghamcontemporary.org


Disclosures II is a project realised by Nottingham Contemporary in partnership with Gasworks. Curated by Anna Colin

Freebooter, The London Festival of Architecture

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FREEBOOTER: an evening of free music

exploring public territory in a peninsula haunted by pirates and bootleggers.
a project by Eileen Simpson & Ben White

Saturday 28th June
9pm - 1am
FREE ENTRY

at: The Pilot Inn, 68 River Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10
nearest tube: North Greenwich

presenting reclaimed lost treasures:
out-of-copyright 1920s blues, jazz, folk and music hall reworked via an open source scratch vinyl showcase

featuring:
DYSU & MAN ONE (Open Sauce)
DJ Tendraw

plus
OPEN MIC session
hosted by THA 4ORCE (BBE / Mind Tha Gap)
MCs sign up on the night

and
out-of-copyright & copyleft selection from OPEN MUSIC ARCHIVE

Funktion-One sound system

The Declose vinyl will be available on the night in exchange for a donation.

part of The London Festival of Architecture

Project Manager: Heidi Pedersen

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Photosocial, The Photographers' Gallery

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Photosocial [4]
29 May 2008 18:30-21:30
Photographers Gallery

See new photography with music, debate and diversion.

The next in an ongoing series of bar nights will include a debate on The Amateur vs the Professional as well as a projection of Screen Tests by Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson and Ben White.

Free, spaces limited, so come along early!

Electronic Music Festival, Amman

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Outdoor screening of Screen Tests, and Dragline with live musical accompaniment by Ben White. The music, which has been sourced from out-of-copyright early 20th Century 78rpm records will be manipulated in real-time.

100LIVE Electronic Music Festival 2008
The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts Park
6 Hussy Fariz Street, Jabel Luweibdeh, Amman

Saturday, 17th May 08 at 4:00pm

FREE ENTRANCE

Disclosures, London

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For Disclosures Eileen Simpson & Ben White create Declose, a project to create a copyleft licensed 12" vinyl scratch tool containing a range of samples, beats and extracts made from the out-of-copyright blues, jazz and folk housed in the Open Music Archive.

The artists promote collaboration and seek to explore its significance and value for creative production. For Declose they invite producers and members of the burntprogress community to create new remix tracks, short vocal snippets, percussive noises, samples, breaks and beats - made entirely from the out-of-copyright music in the Open Music Archive - to make up the battle vinyl.

Declose Launch Event:

Featuring scratch routines, live experiments and improvisation using the Declose vinyl by:

Collection Society
DJ Dysu & Man One
James Kelly (Pedestrian)
DJ Tendraw

FREE ENTRY
Thursday 27th March 2008 10pm - 1am
CHANGE OF VENUE: 333, 333 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LE

The Declose vinyl will be available on the night in exchange for a donation.

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Clips, Blips and Loops #2, Geneva

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For Clips, Blips and Loops #2, we are inviting producers, musicians and DJs to contribute to the collection of free source tools available here. This is an extension of a project developed in Stockholm, November 2007. In February 2008 all of the tools will be gathered together to produce a CD that will be freely distributed at a public performance at an event in Geneva on 13th March.

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Loose Booty, London

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Loose Booty
24 January 2008 - 16 February 2008
(opening 23 January 2008 6-9pm)

Alexandre Bianchini, Jeff McMillan, Sylvie Rodriguez, Pascal Rousson, Guy Sherwin, Eileen Simpson and Ben White

For Loose Booty, a new exhibition by Pearl Projects, Eileen Simpson & Ben White have brought together a number of different cover versions of Pinetop's Boogie Woogie, originally written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith of Chicago (d. 1929). The various out-of-copyright versions, including those by Bing Crosby and Honey Hill, and a new track made entirely from the out-of-copyright elements, are to be burned on CDs and given away for free at the exhibition as a way of disseminating materials that are in the public domain.

Vegas Gallery
64-66 Redchurch Street
London E2 7DP

After Party - featuring Open Music Archive out-of-copyright/copyleft laptop and DJ set
23 January 9pm 'til late at Green and Red Basement Bar 51 Redchurch Street, E2

Downloads here

STOP.MOVE Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Track 6


Screen Tests - The Bigger Picture, Manchester

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See Screen Tests and Broadcast Times on The Big Screen Manchester from 12th Jan - 1st Feb 2008.

Screen Tests - Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White
The film unfolds as a series of Andy Warhol-like screen tests, slowly revealing the location and the occupation of those before the camera - students and models from the Manchester School of Art.

Broadcast Times - Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White
As the exhibition train leaves the platform, we are taken on a journey of 'a happy hunting ground for tycoons' the birth of commercial television broadcasting.

Who Makes And Owns Your Work, Stockholm

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Time: 17 November 2007 12.00 - 01.00
Place: Årsta Folkets Hus, Årsta torg, Stockholm

In an attempt to cross the boundaries of idea and practice, Iaspis and Konstfack initiated a project on production, distribution and ownership of cultural matter and artistic knowledge starting in December 2006. On 17th November 2007 the project will open itself up by letting the gathered knowledge be combined with that of invited guests, in an event aiming at an in-depth look on the making and owning of contemporary culture.

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Free-to-air (Cornerhouse, Manchester)

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From 15-25th July 2007 Open Music Archive will be resident at Cornerhouse, Manchester's international centre for contemporary arts.

For two weeks Eileen Simpson & Ben White will be producing a series of live events and programmes for a temporary FM radio station broadcasting across Manchester. (106.5FM)

We're inviting bands and musicians to respond to the rare out-of-copyright folk, blues, and jazz from the Open Music Archive; to work with forgotten lyrics, chords, melodies and beats, and to make new cover versions of forgotten tracks.

For two weeks the gallery will host live plugged and unplugged performances and one-off broadcasts by Manchester's finest upcoming and established bands and musicians.

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