Robert Cahen, France, 1984-1986Video / DVD, colour, stereo sound, 41:21 mins
Courtesy: the artist and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
|Cartes postales vidèo Robert Cahen|
The idea behind Cartes postales vidéo is an old dream that I had as a kid. One day, holding a photo of a member of my family in my hand, I imagined that it began to move. Suddenly, the photo and the figures in it moved for an instant, then immediately returned to their poses.
In fact, the idea is closely linked to my own personal experience, since my family history includes the deaths of numerous of people. The idea of making figures in a photo move is a way to re-animate them, to bring back to life those people who are always being talked about. - Robert Cahen
Robert Cahen, b. 1945, Valence, France
Robert Cahen is one of France's pioneering and most renowned video artists. Graduating from the Conservatoire National Superieur Musique de Paris, Cahen was a member of the Groupe de Recherche Musicales de l'ORFT (the Office of French Radio and Television) from 1971 to 1974. From 1973 to 1976, he was Director of Experimental Video for ORTF/INA.
Cahen has forged new ways of depicting landscape and theatrical performance, while reinvigorating genres like the travel diary and the documentary. He has exhibited internationally, including at the Paris Biennale; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the World Wide Video Festival, The Hague; Documenta 8, Kassel; The Tokyo Festival; and The Shanghai Biennale.
Cahen lives and works in Mulhouse, France.
Produced in collaboration with Stéphane Huter and Alain Longuet.