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

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Tue Jan 18 19:14:49 UTC 2022


Hi, just want to say I feel the same way. He spent all of this time either
teaching or working on the films/videos. His notes ran to a few hundred
pages. He was obsessed and produced an amazing body of work and I hope
people will look at it.

Best, Alan

On Tue, Jan 18, 2022 at 1:31 PM Edward Picot <edward at edwardpicot.com> wrote:

> 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>
> 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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