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

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Tue Jan 18 18:43:02 UTC 2022


just started to watch 'Stenography', and have the same reaction as Edward;
spell-binding...
thanks for drawing attentio to this body of work, Alan,
best
Johannes Birringer

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From: NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org> on behalf of Edward Picot <edward at edwardpicot.com>
Sent: 18 January 2022 18:29
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Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] For Lee Murray, brilliant film/videomaker, writer

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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