Record Release (12-inch)

(2012 – 2019)


Related projects: Record Release 7-inch (2014 – 2019), Record Release 0-inch (1995), Record Release Record.

The raw material to make vinyl records comes in vinyl pellets, lentil-sized bits of petroleum product that are easily transportable before they get melted and stamped with grooves of sound. The pellets were loaded on a scale until it reached 180 grams, which is the weight of audiophile vinyl (as opposed to 120 grams which is the standard weight of records). One by one the pellets are either sold, gifted, or placed in a public space. Each transaction is documented and paired with a photograph of the pellets arranged in the form of a 12″ record which is correspondingly diminished by one. The record will have been released when the last pellet will have been sold, gifted, or placed. In the meantime, it is simply in the process of releasing.

As Seth Kim-Cohen put it, in discussing these Record Release projects in his book Against Ambience (Bloomsbury 2016), “this ‘record’ is a record of social exchange, of site, of time, and of the exploded, diagrammatic construct of its potential for signification.” I would add that it is also a pairing of micro gestures with micro plastics; an examination of the manufacturing process and vinyl fetishism; a staging of sited strategies and furtive mobility tactics; a monument to the tiny and barely perceptible; a study in slow and inefficient action; a merging of depletion with completion; a rendering of sound as conceptual object into image as serial document.

An individual can only receive one pellet as a gift but may purchase more than one. Purchasers may reserve particular numbers, if not, they simply get the next number in the sequence. The person receiving the pellet may remain anonymous or use initials if that is their preference.

Each person receives an info card and a certificate of ownership along with each pellet that is received or purchased, see bottom of this page for images of the cards.

The price for each pellet is one dollar. If you are interested in purchasing one by mail please contact me for details.

The first version of Record Release in 1995 (see link above) simply poured the pellets on a floor in one instance, or in the other, placed them in a kind of makeshift gravel-like entrance way so that they would spread into the gallery by the footsteps of the visitors. Seventeen years later, this second Record Release becomes a more patient exercise, more imperceptible, yet obviously larger (or at least longer) in scope.


APRIL 5, 2019 (release completed)
301 gifted
51 sold
6 sent
6284 placed

JANUARY 27, 2019
283 gifted
49 sold
6132 placed

AUGUST 20, 2018
275 gifted
49 sold
5891 placed

APRIL 2, 2018
268 gifted
45 sold
5384 placed

JANUARY 3, 2018
262 gifted
45 sold
5185 placed

APRIL 30, 2017
257 gifted
45 sold
4241 placed

MARCH 20, 2016
236 gifted
33 sold
3681 placed

NOVEMBER 27, 2015
230 gifted
33 sold
2881 placed

AUGUST 3, 2015
225 gifted
33 sold
2859 placed

DECEMBER 26, 2014
210 gifted
33 sold
2133 placed

JULY 16, 2014
201 gifted
33 sold
1703 placed

MARCH 7, 2014
193 gifted
33 sold
1215 placed

OCTOBER 25, 2013
185 gifted
33 sold
922 placed

AUGUST 20, 2013
143 gifted
31 sold
312 placed

APR 08, 2013
89 gifted
16 sold
95 placed

MAY 15, 2012
51 gifted
05 sold
44 placed

FEB 18, 2012
09 gifted
02 sold
05 placed