Joseph Clement had a life changing experience thanks to television. He was watching a newscast in 1992 about a huge rock being imported into Toronto’s Yorkville Park by landscape architect Ken Smith, and he knew he had a calling. When high school ended, he was accepted into the honours bachelor landscape architecture program at the University of Guelph. After graduating in 2005 he had a chance meeting with Ken Smith in Toronto, and was offered a job on the spot. Clement spent the next three years working for the world-renowned landscape architect in New York. Another chance encounter, this time with Brigitte Shim, an architect and Clemente changed course, returning to Toronto and enrolling at OCAD University. In 2011 he graduated with an MFA specializing in documentary film. An early penchant for urban exploration led him
the door of a rambling old mansion in Rosedale, home to renowned neurosurgeon, lepidopterist, art collector, and botanist Dr. Ron Tasker. His premiere film, Collecting Tasker, was a visually powerful exploration on themes of antiquity, collections, architecture and storytelling. His fascination with domestic spaces, gardens and memory led him to create and teach a course for Fleming College’s Haliburton School of Art and Design, titled, Poetics of Space: The Philosophy of Drawing. The course marries the physical aspects of creating with the more ethereal understanding and power of visuals to inform us about our surroundings. This approach is evident in his film work, which tends to be meditative and exploratory while maintaining a strongly evocative presence. His 2017 film, Integral Man, which had its World Premiere at the 2017 Hot Docs International and Canadian Documentary Festival expanded upon those ideas through the captivating exploration of Integral House, a internationally recognized architectural landmark and the renowned calculus mathematician behind its creation, the late Jim Stewart.