The Detroit Techno Foundation, 1xRUN and Paxahau, the producers of Movement Electronic Music Festival, have teamed up with Patricia Lay-Dorsey, better known as Grandma Techno, to publish a commemorative book showcasing Grandma Techno’s photos captured at Movement Detroit 2007-2018. These photos show her view of the acclaimed annual electronic music festival held in Detroit’s Hart Plaza over Memorial Day Weekend.
“They Call Me Grandma Techno” is a 144-page hardcover book that is available as a limited edition via this campaign. This book will be printed in Dexter Michigan and is 100% Made in the USA.
With your support we can share the inside story of the festival through Grandma Techno's eyes. 100% of our $16,500 goal will go directly to the cost of publishing the book.
This project is a true collaboration with so many people contributing, from the entire team at the Detroit Techno Foundation, Paxahau and 1xRUN working on the publishing and promotions, along with Haley Suzanne Stone who designed the book and official Grandma Techno merchandise, Emily Swank of Fannypack Films who created the brief documentary "Grandma Techno" that is offered as one of our Kickstarter rewards, and Jeff Tabb who created our Kickstarter video. Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic Brian McCollum's conversation with Grandma Techno provides text for the book, and Jason Clark of Paxahau writes an introduction to the Movement festival and Grandma Techno's place in its history.
But these photos would have remained unseen in Patricia Lay-Dorsey's archives had it not been for 1xRUN Co-founder and CEO Jesse Cory who came up with the idea for this book and has spearheaded every stage of its being published. With the help of Project Coordinator Paige Lustig and the entire Paxahau team, Jesse is preparing to launch "They Call Me Grandma Techno" with book & merchandise sales and signings by Grandma Techno at Movement Detroit on May 25-27, 2019!
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From Patricia Lay-Dorsey…
They call me Grandma Techno and take thousands of selfies of us together. They give me hugs, kisses and kandi, the beaded bracelets they make themselves. They clear a path so my mobility scooter and I can get up to the front of jam-packed stages, parting the crowds like the Red Sea. They help lift me out of my seat so I can stand to dance - while holding tight to my scooter handle or the barricade - and boogie down beside me, grinning from ear-to-ear. Over and over I hear, “It makes me so happy to see you here year after year…I love you, Grandma Techno!”
But I am more than Grandma Techno: I am a passionate photographer who loves nothing better than taking photos from inside the action. What you will see in this book is a selection of photos I have taken every Memorial Day weekend from 2007-2018 at our annual Movement Detroit electronic music festival on Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. If you already love electronic music, I hope you hear the 'thump thump' of the beat and feel the high energy of the scene as you turn these pages. If you are new to this music or have even been turned off by it in the past, I hope you catch a taste of the love and bliss that permeate this world and make us feel we are One.
Now I invite you to become part of our community by preordering my book “They Call Me Grandma Techno” and supporting our Kickstarter campaign with any pledge amount, large or small.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll decide to join us here in Detroit on May 25-27, 2019. If so, be sure to find Grandma Techno to get a hug and a selfie!
love, Grandma Techno
PATRICIA LAY-DORSEY BIO
Patricia Lay-Dorsey, a.k.a. Grandma Techno, is a Detroit-based photographer who brings a masters degree in social work and four decades as a visual artist to her photo projects that tell the stories of people’s lives as seen from the inside. She is best known for Falling Into Place, a self-portrait photo book published in 2013 that shows her day-to-day life with a disability.
Patricia received the Photolucida Critical Mass 2015 Rauschenberg Residency Award and joined ten global multidisciplinary artists on Captiva Island, FL for six weeks in 2017. She was named the Michigan representative by Time.com in their August 2015 feature, “Instagram Photographers To Follow In All 50 States.” In addition to having her work exhibited at a photo festival in China, Patricia has had nine solo exhibitions across the U.S., including “They Call Me Grandma Techno” at The Heidelberg Project’s Exposure Gallery in Detroit in 2015 and “Grandma Techno Checks In” at the Photoville festival in Brooklyn, NY in 2018. Photo essays of her work have been featured by The New York Times Lens Blog, Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, Feature Shoot, BBC News, Vogue Italia and Newsweek Japan.
Articles about Grandma Techno have appeared in Music Fest News, EST300.com, THUMP/VICE, insomniac.com, Metro Times, WDM Sauce, Electronic Groove, The South End of Wayne State University, everfest.com, and Synthtopia, among others. Detroit videographer Clarence Johnson’s 18-min. documentary film, “They Call Me Grandma Techno,” has been viewed on YouTube 4.8K times in the past year and was shown with a live interview of Grandma Techno and the director in 2015 at the Electric Roots Micro Music Film Festival in Detroit. Colorado filmmaker Emily Swank's 5-7 min. video of Grandma Techno at Movement Detroit 2017 is being premiered as a Kickstarter reward for co-sponsors here in 2019.
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