ABOUT THE ARTIST
Video artist, movie director, educated composer, Robert
Cahen comes from the borders between the arts.
He has brought the technical and linguistic experimentations
of the school of concrete music to video. He is a pioneer
in the use of electronic instruments. He manipulates images
as sounds, organizes them, and transforms them while offering
an example of the possible exchanges between the models,
highlighting the parameters of the image and those of music.
Considered as one of the most significant figures in the
field of video creation, his work is recognizable in its
way of manipulating slow motion and in his manner of exploring
the sound in relation with the image, to construct his poetic
world. One rediscovers in his works a juxtaposition of stationary
elements linked to elements in movement put one after the
other, oscillation, multiplicity of standpoints… until
the physical experimentation of the work in its occupation
of space is exposed.
HONG KONG SONG, FRANCE, 1989
HONG KONG SONG was realized in
the framework of "Urbasonic 88", an artistic and
scientific French project (proposed by the research workshop
Espaces Nouveaux) which was based on the research of a new
sound urban planning, making Cahen’s work unique in
its kind. In search of Hong Kong’s sound identity,
Cahen deploys the city’s space- in terms of its totality
and constituent architectural parts. New China mixes with
old China; the reality of the city rings and resonates with
the passing of images which unveil themselves in a sensational
vision. Cahen composes a true video poem. Realized with
the collaboration of Ermeline The Mezo.