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

Edward Picot edward at edwardpicot.com
Tue Jan 18 18:29:43 UTC 2022


I've just been looking at Stenography. I haven't watched it all the way 
through, but goodness me! It's extraordinary!


On 1/17/22 11:12 PM, Alan Sondheim via NetBehaviour wrote:
> 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 
> <mailto: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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