Sophie Clements

Attempting to Delay the Inevitable

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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 Philip J. Steele Gallery
immediately following the lecture.

Free and open to the public. Registration is highly encouraged.

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About the Lecture

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’s 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, 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.

About the Artist

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 the US, 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 UK in 2013/14. She collaborated with electronic composer Scanner, with 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/colleges in London. She won the Jerwood Moving Image Prize for Film and Video in 2008.

Learn more about Clements at

Sophie Clements, Shall I This Time Hold You? Courtesy of the artist.

Sophie Clements, Shall I This Time Hold You? Courtesy of the artist.

Sophie Clements, Shall I This Time Hold You? Courtesy of the artist.

Sophie Clements, Shall I This Time Hold You? Courtesy of the artist.

additional RMCAD community events 

The artist will also be participating in the following events with RMCAD students, faculty, and staff:

Next Day Q+A Luncheon with Sophie Clements

Wednesday, January 17, 2017
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
RMCAD faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the VASD Program and Sophie Clements for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provides an opportunity to further discuss ideas presented in the previous night's lecture and a place for students to further engage with our special guest.

4d Workshop with Sophie Clements 

Students in the Foundations course, 4D Design: Stills to Motion, will engage with the artist as part of this class.                                                                                    


We ask each of our visitors to provide a list of media and materials that are connected to the visitor's work, interests, and inspirations. Items suggested by Sophie Clements will be found here soon.