Within contemporary arts practice there has been an increasing focus on notions of the archive with particular emphasis in the fields of photography and on collections of historical documents. Vinyl records are documents of popular culture and record collecting is a common social practise. But can a record collection be an artwork? And what might transform a record collection into an archive? 9000 vinyl records examines these issues.
The exhibition displays artist Stephen Williams’ personal collection of original first pressing soul records and record sleeves, combining them with a complete indexed catalogue, text, video and recorded music which relate directly to the records themselves.
9000 vinyl records explores the aesthetics of the archive including collecting, cataloguing and display of archival objects. The exhibition examines how personal choices have informed the development of the archive, how collecting might relate to obsessive compulsive behaviour and how taste, aesthetic judgement and fetishism shape the development of an archive.
9000 vinyl records
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Exhibition continues to 21 November 2015
For more information, visit: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com for details.
Image: Stephen Williams, 9000 Soul Singles, 1960-1975, vinyl records, cardboard, wood, 3620 x 1800 x 200mm