Lee Montgomery founded Neighborhood Public Radio in January of 2004, and has been it’s primary grant-writer, producer, and visionary alongside collaborators Jon Brumit and Michael Trigilio. Most recently Neighborhood Public Radio completed a 3 month residency in a storefront next to the Whitney Museum in New York as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial, which among other things, resulted in a story about them being broadcast on National Public Radio. Previously NPR has broadcast internationally in Novi Sad (Serbia), Belgrade (Serbia), Tarifa (Spain), Hamburg (Germany), and Berlin (Germany). In the United States NPR has organized broadcasts throughout California and in Chicago and Portland.

Beginning in 2004 at a small gallery in Oakland, NPR was a direct critique of the corporatization of National Public Radio and has, over nearly 5 years, evolved into it’s current state as a nomadic venue for experimentation with electronics, performance, and the legal implications of broadcast as it relates to copyright law, notions of decency, and FCC regulation. Lee’s current work is a series of short videos made from “bootlegged” Hollywood movies recorded from the screen in local California theaters. By layering and distorting the “stolen images” to the point of relative abstraction, new beauty and new meanings can be emphasized and appropriated from the original formulaic content while challenging the constraints of corporate copyright law.

“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening mine.” – Thomas Jefferson (1813)

“No matter the lengthy arguments made, no matter the charges and the counter-charges, no matter the tumult and teh shouting, reasonable men and women will keep returning to the fundamental issue, the central theme which animates this entire debate: Creative property owners must be accorded the same rights and protection resident in all other property owners in the nation. That is the issue. That is the question. And that is the rostrum on which this entire hearing and the debates to follow must rest.” -Jack Valenti, former President of the Motion Picture Association of America (1982)

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the twenty-first lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.