Robert Cahen: Manila Junction

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Art Talk : June 20 @ 3-5pm
Entrance Fee allows access to the forum and ongoing exhibitions
The public is invited to come early to view Cahen’s video and listen to his sound works

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila in collaboration with the French Embassy in Manila organizes an open-forum with French video artist Robert Cahen. His videos have captured different landscapes over four continents in his 42-year long practice. It is the artist’s first visit to the country with a project of creating a new film. Contemporary Filipino artists from different practices will be invited to come together and discuss with him Concrete Music, how it has influenced art forms as diverse as video, installation, dance and poetry.

Cahen shared the environment of electro-acoustic research in the late 50s into the early 70s with Filipino avant-garde composer Dr. Jose Maceda.The Philippine Contemporary, a newly inaugurated permanent exhibition at the Met Museum featuring 20th century and contemporary art, represents Dr. Maceda’s work in the 70s and considers his composition Ugnayan an important oeuvre of that tumultuous yet highly fertile period of creation in the Philippine art scene (1965-1983).

Robert Cahen: Manila Junction will be an artists’ talk proposing to connect the confluent art practices in France and the Philippines from the 70s into the present.

Background on Robert Cahen:

Born 1945 in Valence, France.
Studied under Pierre Schaeffer at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris.
1969 -1971: received initial training in composition with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), eventually becoming an active composer for the group. Whilst working as a composer, he was drawn towards visual images and video to which he applied the experimental techniques and language of the school of concrete music.

1972: Invitation to travel, first video work with manipulation of image
1983: Just enough time,
1992: Villa Medicis Hors les Murs award
1995: permanent video installation in Lille (EURALILLE, France)
1997: first exhibition of video installations in Alsace, France
2010: major retrospective of his films and videos at Le Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Bangko Sentraln ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Blvd. Malate-Manila
Open: Mondays thru Saturdays, 10AM till 5:30PM
Museum Entrance: 100 Php
Inquiries: or call 708-7829

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