[spectre] Not-so-silly Millie. An Appreciation of Millie Niss (1973
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Jan 11 15:01:29 CET 2010
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Not-so-silly Millie. An Appreciation of Millie Niss (1973 - 2009).
This article is co-published by Furtherfield and The Hyperliterature
Not-so-silly Millie. An Appreciation of Millie Niss (1973 - 2009). By
Millie Niss, the writer and new media artist, died at 5 a.m. on 29th
November 2009, of swine flu with complications. Her mother and longtime
collaborator, Martha Deed, was with her at the time. She had been in
hospital for four weeks, mostly in intensive care, after picking up the
virus, which quickly became serious in her case, probably because she
already had respiratory difficulties as a result of a rare condition
known as Behcet's Disease. She was 36 years old.
"Millie's work for me, has always reached beyond the surface of things.
Managing to communicate an essence of her character and her varied
intentions successfully. There is a unique sense of humour in much of
her work, even when dealing with dark themes. A surreal edge, informed
by her particular views on humanity and all of its, seemingly perpetual
absurdities. Mixed with a playful, open spirit and a twist of
simplicity. Her work was and is, more for those not bound by distracting
trends - open for all. A rare wisdom with an authentic voice in this
strange and complex world. Good bye Millie..." Marc Garrett.
This article by Edward Picot can also be read on The Hyperliterature
Exchange - http://hyperex.co.uk/reviewmillieniss.php
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