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Video artist, director, composer by training, Robert Cahen is a major figure in the field of video creation. Coming from the frontiers between different visual arts, he is a pioneer in the use of electronic instruments.
After studying composition in concrete music at the Research Department of the ORTF (with, among others, Michel Chion), a graduate of the CNSM in Paris (Pierre Schaeffer class) in 1971, he became a composer for the Musical Research Group of the ORTF. During this period, he pursued experimentation and creation in the fields of sound, but also of image. He turned to the medium of video in 1970, applying the technical and linguistic experiments of concrete music.
Robert Cahen's work is recognizable by his way of dealing with slow motion, his way of exploring sound in relation to image to build his poetic universe. He multiplies the effects of sliding, alteration of movement, contraction and dilation of time – processes that allow him to explore the metaphor of passage, the memory of images that come and go, to question passing time. .
Robert Cahen's works are present in various public collections in France and abroad. Among them :
ZKM in Karlsruhe, Center for Contemporary Image in Geneva, AIACE in Milan, Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), Frac/Alsace, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg (MAMCS), Center Pompidou, Harris Museum in Preston...
In addition, in 2010, the Jeu de Paume (Paris) hosted a complete retrospective of his films and videos. Cahen was the winner of the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs prize in 1992. In 1995 he produced a permanent video installation in Lille on the Euralille site. A boxset containing a large part of his artistic production was released in 2011 (production gap), including a CD of his first musical compositions. The MAMCS devoted an exhibition to his work in 2014 on the theme of "glimpsing".
DVD with films and videos of Robert Cahen.