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Robert Beavers

ROBERT BEAVERS’S Pitcher of Colored Light, one of three films to premiere in “Second Lives,” the massive exposition of fifty film programs organized by Alexander Horwath for Documenta 12, makes its debut in Kassel this month. Countering the tendency to exhibit films on monitors in gallery spaces, Horwath insisted on projecting the films instead at the city’s Gloria Kino. In a written statement on the series, he concludes that film at Documenta 12 is “not an object to be taken home or sauntered along, but a spatially and temporally defined act of contemplation and exchange with the world.” His position is consistent with Beavers’s lifelong effort to show his work under the best feasible conditions. (For this reason, Beavers has not yet allowed any of his films to be released on VHS or DVD.) In taking this stance, Horwath carries on the polemical argument of the filmmaker Peter Kubelka,

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