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Sophie Clements


  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s Campus
  • Exhibition reception in the Phillip J. Steele Gallery immediately following the lecture

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Sophie Clements combines the science of image capture with the poetics of motion and the seduction of the impossible to create objects from a single moment in time. Underpinned by a rigorous research practice Clements’ work documents transitory states between two absolutes in an attempt to capture an ephemeral moment while simultaneously celebrating the impossibility of doing so. Pairing meticulous and rigorous filming techniques with the inherent chaotic nature of her chosen materials, Clements produces temporal sculptures that explore the futility of our human tendency to attempt to prevent or delay moments of change or disintegration. In this lecture, Clements will speak about and share excerpts of her current body of work, discuss its influences from science and experimental music, and shed light on the complex and exciting process of making these works.

Sophie Clements’ Collapsing Time series lecture will be presented in conjunction with a solo exhibition in RMCAD’s Philip J. Steele Gallery that runs through February 16, 2018.


Sophie Clements is a London-based artist whose work occupies a space between filmmaking, sculpture, and sound. Her solo works have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including the Barbican Centre and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Dolby Headquarters in San Fransicso, the Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea, and The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, among others. Clements’ interdisciplinary work with music includes a three channel film piece with long-term collaborator, composer J. Peter Schwalm, for the contemporary music ensemble Icebreaker, which toured the United Kingdom in 2013 and 2014. She collaborated with electronic composer Scanner and video artist Tal Rosner on a video piece for Thomas Ades’ arrangement of Nancarrow’s studies 6 and 7, and continues to collaborate on live performances with J. Peter Schwalm. These collaborative and cross-disciplinary works have been shown in international venues including The Science Museum and The Royal Opera House in London, FACT Liverpool, PUNKT in Norway, the Dublin National Concert Hall in Ireland, and Hamburg North German Radio (NDR). Clements teaches and acts as artistic director at various arts and music universities and colleges in London. She won the Jerwood Moving Image Prize for Film and Video in 2008.

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