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Saturday! Grandma Techno returns to Beacon for a celebratory Book Launch & Dance Party

 The world premiere launch party celebrating the arrival of the book Falling Into Place by photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey, will be held at Fovea on Saturday, November 23rd, followed by 'Grandma Techno’s Dance Party' hosted by DJ illich Mujica.

Patricia Lay-Dorsey, AKA Grandma Techno, will be back in Beacon from her hometown of Detroit and this time is bringing special guest DJ illich Mujica. The public is invited to join them in an evening of fun that starts with an artist talk at 7pm whic progresses to a live video/DJ performance followed by a dance party starting at 9pm.

Ms. Lay-Dorsey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988, and in 2008 began taking self portraits with the intention of showing the day-to-day life of a person with a disability. Lay-Dorsey has also been a regular at Detroit’s annual electronic-music extravaganza for the last nine years, earning the nickname Grandma Techno. She intends to distribute her book to school and university libraries, to disability organizations and rehab centers and to health care providers and doctors.

Any community organization that would like to be put on her free distribution list please contact her directly at Playdorsy at comcast dot net. Her hope is that these photographs will help professionals and social workers see from the inside the frustrations and triumphs in the lives of their patients and clients with similar challenges.

Fovea  hosted a solo show of Falling Into Place this past spring in conjunction with their educational program Ms Dorsey guest lectured to Beacon High School students about living with a disability and the photographic process of her work. 

Falling Into Place will be on sale for a special price of $30.

The evening will begin at 7pm with a book signing and a short artist talk. At 8:30 pm Patricia and illich will present a collaborative event that features a slideshow of images from Falling Into Place and illich’s musical response. Then at 9pm DJ illich’s mixes will morph into ‘Grandma Techno’s Dance Party’ when the lights are turned down and the music is turned up.   The dance party is free and open to the public.

Patricia Lay-Dorsey’s award-winning project Falling Into Place has been featured by the New York Times, Slate Magazine, ABC News, The Daily Mail and in Newsweek Japan, as well as having been exhibited.

DJ illich Mujica is a Venezuelan DJ  and producer based in New York City, and is a founder of  the DJ'ing collective Techtonic Division and the Techtonics parties. DJ illich performs with Luis Padron and has also shared performances with Marc Romboy, Joris Voorn, Edwin Oosterwall, Guy Gerber, Green Velvet, Radio Slave, Cari Lekebusch, Davide Squillace, Evil Eddie Richard, and many others.

Fovea Exhibitions,  (845) 202-3443 143 Main Street Beacon NY 12508

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