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David Clegg, B. 1953, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Lives and works in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Since Collection (disorders) (1994), the interdisciplinary projects of David Clegg have consistently engaged with museum visitor experience through user-activated installations. He has developed a methodology for exploring questions relating to the privileging of certain knowledge systems; in particular the power of the canonical archive and its various manifestations.
Fragmented sound assumes an essential position within Clegg’s practice. It is carefully excised from a narrative context yet at the same time it always remains locally territorialized in a Deleuzian sense of a ‘refrain’. As in previous works; The Imaginary Museum and Archivedestruct, Clegg layers acousmatic soundscapes into caches of information, purposefully kept inconclusive and full of gaps. He builds tension in his work between meticulously categorized archives that are purposefully never complete, but are in fact continually re-shuffled and modified over time. By focusing on aspects of what is present and real and what is constructed as imagined or remembered, Clegg invites the audience to reinterpret how such information is to be organized and used.
The Miserable Idea of Measurement, a work recently commissioned by Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand saw Clegg’s work take the form of a sound-library; aural fragments designed to be arranged and rearranged endlessly. Through layers of sound, Clegg builds a digitally structured imaginative landscape. He encourages the listener to explore and take part in his fanatical tracings of spatial co-ordinates, a psychogeographic map open to anyone.
A book containing photographs from Santiago, Chile and Clegg’s residency with Dunedin Public Art Gallery in 2009 is to be published in 2012.