Any obsessive crate digger or vinyl junkie will tell you that collecting records is part artform, part obsession. In 9000 Vinyl Records Stephen Williams presents his personal collection of original, first pressing soul records.
Rather than simply sifting through his impressive collection, Williams will exhibit the records and record sleeves along with a complete indexed catalogue, text, video and recorded music. The exhibition asks us to consider our own practice of collecting, whatever our object of desire may be.
As well as questioning what we choose to surround ourselves with and why, the exhibition also examines the obsessive compulsive nature of cataloguing and archiving, and how we make decisions when it comes to creating order. And of course, it’s not just about how many records you have, it’s about creating a quality collection — and how your own taste, aesthetic and judgment is reflected in your archive.
Whether you’re a lover of records, soul music, or have ever collected any item, no matter how obscure, 9000 Vinyl Records will speak to you and your obsessions.