[NetBehaviour] For Lee Murray, brilliant film/videomaker, writer

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 23:12:28 UTC 2022


Agreed - I really love Stenography with its bizarre complexity; they're all
strange!

Alan -

On Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 1:56 PM Edward Picot <edward at edwardpicot.com> wrote:

> Alan,
>
> I just watched 'Answer' and 'Duckboy' - 'Duckboy' was particularly
> wonderful!
>
> Edward
>
> On 1/16/22 11:27 PM, Alan Sondheim wrote:
> >
> >
> > For Lee Murray
> >
> > Lee Murray is, was, a brilliant filmmaker/videomaker/writer,
> > thinker, who died a year ago; today there was an online
> > memorial. I wrote and read the following for it. Please check
> > out his work. Thank you.
> >
> > http://www.dionzeek.com/ (Lee's site)
> >
> > ...
> >
> > What to say, that he was a good friend for decades.
> >
> > "Got" him shows in New York and Atlanta.
> >
> > Meticulous and always a difficult path.
> >
> > His coordinates so often slanted.
> >
> > What I mean is that the images were jagged, edged the same with
> > texts filling the void with inconceivable narratives
> >
> > The stories couldn't be the stories / the stories were elsewhere
> >
> > He was always breaking new ground by hand, the hard way,
> > breaking with this sense of hand-craftedness, so many things
> > that appeared digital were physically constructed, so many
> > things that seemed analog were short-circuited in the digital.
> >
> > He breathed film and performance.
> >
> > His basement studio was a labyrinth of architecture and his
> > mind.
> >
> > One might sum it up, badly, the tethering and untethering of the
> > mind.
> >
> > It was difficult to walk with him sometimes, he was wayward and
> > I am sure in pain.
> >
> > His harmonicas were played too hard, almost breaking the reeds;
> > he gave them to me for the soft touch.
> >
> > We never worked together but we talked and thought together and
> > ran I think to our respective caverns of idiosyncratic thought.
> >
> > His speech was always stops and starts and exact, his sleeping
> > difficult and troubled, as was his world and perhaps the world
> > to come.
> >
> > I felt so close to him! His work spoke to me, even the veering
> > of it, a lariat gone amuck, a horizon of vacuum tubes and
> > secrecies, monologs keeping the dark away while plunging into
> > it.
> >
> > I think of stenographers drowning.
> >
> > Some of us are solitary creatures in the midst of the world, the
> > darkness never dissipates. But one sees the world and sees it
> > true.
> >
> > I think perhaps we walked somewhat the same edges, even in the
> > midst of the kindness of others.
> >
> > Darkness within us.
> >
> > The illumination of technology and his wonder within it,
> > 16 millimeter, 8 millimeter, super 8 millimeter, all with their
> > families and brilliant ways.
> >
> > And Azure and I always felt comfortable and welcome with them
> > and those conversations that wove among what otherwise might
> > have been sentences of loneliness.
> >
> > He was carving, always, worlds beneath whatever surfaces he
> > found in the world.
> >
> > Always at the edge of perfect articulation, the motions of
> > thought coming through, like a plate tilting, water, running off
> > the edge.
> >
> > Maybe more than water, memories of war, violence, as if he, we,
> > were refugees from ourselves.
> >
> > To say he will be missed is almost to miss the point.
> >
> > He will be missed, an Atlantis, beautiful and incandescent
> > thinker.
> >
> > I can't go on, I write this now, ahead of time, the production
> > of speaking, this memorial, always his own, always thought,
> > always silence, in the midst of silence, now silent,
> >
> > living on.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCe-WRap-zI (my memorial video)
> >
> > http://www.dionzeek.com/ (Lee's site)
> >
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