Big 9 Records transforms a space into a pop-up record store where the public uses visual art and journaling to creatively archive their relationship to music. Its namesake derives from 9th Street or “The Big 9,” a historic cultural landmark of African American culture in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which hosted legendary performers including Chattanooga native Bessie Smith and Otis Redding. By stimulating the appearance of a record store and elements including a display racks, posters, and art supplies, Big 9 Records will invite the community to engage with the history of the street while providing a way for individuals to record their own memory of music through creative prompts included in the album sleeves on display. Artist Josiah Golson will also guide and facilitate visitors in the process of exploring the records, art exercises (including record cover design, song journals, and listening sessions), and leaving their mark behind on the installation as a living document.
- Art form: Installation
- Medium: Mixed mixed/Interactive
- Year created: 2018