David Clegg

some projects around walking, reading and listening, in place and out of place

copyright © 2019 David Clegg and the authors


The Imaginary Museum

recorded commentaries by workers from twenty-one European contemporary art museums, on the architectural details within their institutions, are presented as a quasi museum guide, via headphones with accompanying photographs, to three New Zealand art galleries.

binaural sound recordings, CD players and headphones, 164 tracks on CD, 3:30 hours
broadsheet newspaper, 16 pages, 3000 copies, published by David Clegg and Christchurch Art Gallery
164 c-type photographs CM12.7 x 17.8 (Govett-Brewster Art Gallery)
164 digital prints CM29.8 x 21.1 (Adam Art Gallery)
found seating

curated by Felicity Milburn for Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
January 30–April 25, 2004

curated by Gregory Burke and Renata Goldmann for Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
September 27–November 30, 2003

commissioned by Zara Stanhope for Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
May 31–June 29, 2003

newspaper design by Luke Wood, printed by Stratford Press

supported by Christchurch Art Gallery, Creative New Zealand, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Victoria University of Wellington; with special thanks to Sabine Breitwieser, Holger Broeker, Gregory Burke, James Cabot, Françoise Cohen, Natasha Conland, David Cross, Peter Fischer, Renata Goldmann, Kate Griffin, Martyn Johns, Anne Kielgast, Gabriele Knapstein, Ilina Koralova, Aaron Kreisler, Etienne Lullin, Lucia Matino, Marta McClennan, Kylie Message, Felicity Milburn, Arthur Miranda, Danae Mossman, Ann-Sofi Noring, Stefano Pezzato, Rolf Quaghebeur, Perttu Rastas, Rudolf Sagmeister, Andreas Schalhorn, Dirk Snauwaert, Morten Sondergaard, Zara Stanhope, Tove Vejlstrup

Conland, Natasha There is no sight without a viewer The Imaginary Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery, 2004

Cross, David David Clegg's Imaginary, Real and Symbolic Museum VISIT, No. 7 Summer/Autumn 2005, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2004

Message, Kylie Reflecting on the New Museum Through an Antipodean Lens: The Museum of Sydney and 'The Imaginary Museum' Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Art and Culture, 22.6: 755-68, 2008

Message, Kylie Cruising The Imaginary Museum The Imaginary Museum, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2003

Sanderson, Pippa Readymade Museums Natural Selection Magazine, Issue #1, Summer 2004


The Imaginary Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery