After finding this composite i created in 2007, i thought it would be fun to play with composites for my grandma techno book cover. it’s like eating peanuts: i can’t stop! except for swimming laps this morning, i worked at my computer all day. i say “worked“ but it’s much more like playing. i’m using elements from my recent grandma techno photos and find myself more inclined towards creating collages than composites. probably because of my experience at the rauschenberg residency in 2017 (see @patricialaydorseycollages ). i showed my book designer @haleysuzannestone what i’ve been playing with during our meeting tonight and she encouraged me to keep at it. so that’s what i’m doing, and loving every minute of it. by the way, it’s really wonderful to have haley to bounce ideas off of and get her feedback. i discovered when i worked with the curator krystal grow @kgreyscale on my @photovillenyc exhibit how much i love collaborating with other people. each of us sees things differently and it really helps to get other perspectives. it also keeps us humble. 😉 #grandmatechno
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u.s. army troops string razor wire near a port of entry between the united states and mexico near donna, tx. the active duty soldiers were sent by president trump as part of “operation faithful patriot,” days before u.s. midterm elections and weeks before the possible arrival of an immigrant caravan. #gettyimages#army#caravanamigrante#immigration#gettyimagesnews #border. from patricia: as we celebrate veterans day here in the united states, let us stop and look at what is happening right now with our active military. how are they being used by us president #45? are they being used to protect our country and its people, or are they being used to make a political statement? the us military was never intended to be the political arm of the president; that only happens in tinpot dictatorships and rogue nations. so what have we become in 2018 and how can we get back on track? #veteransday2018🇺🇸
It is such a privilege to have a young woman like emily @_emilywolford trust me enough to share her deepest and most authentic truths in one of our heart-to-heart talks. honestly, i learn more from her than she could ever learn from me.
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the monstrous #campfire became california’s most destructive wildfire in history with over 6,700 structures destroyed and over 140 square miles charred. the fire is currently 5% contained with 15,000 structures still threatened. (photos by justin sullivan/getty images). from patricia: a tragedy like this can become so much more personal when you know people who are affected, especially when you can’t reach them or members of their family to find out if they are ok. eddie and i have been in this position since first hearing on thursday evening about the mammoth camp fire in paradise, ca. friday morning eddie called every member of our dear friend maile’s family hoping to get news of her safety. maile is a single woman in her mid-70s who lives alone in the beautiful home her parents built back in the 1950s that overlooks a canyon in paradise, california. we got no return phone calls yesterday and have been extremely worried. i can’t tell you what a relief it was to get a call a few minutes ago from maile saying her neighbor had helped her escape and she was now safely with her sister and brother-law (who lived in chico) at a motel in shasta. she said her house and everything in it was totally lost. but eddie, who talked with her, said maile sounded upbeat and said it was just “a new beginning.“ both eddie and i wept in relief.
Yes, there is lots going on in the national and international news. and, as you all know, i care deeply about how governmental policies are affecting people. at the same time, we each have our own work to do, our creative efforts to make this world a better place for all. in my life right now that translates into working on the creation and publishing of my grandma techno photo book that is scheduled for release at @movementdetroit in may 2019. those of you who have worked on your own or another’s photo book know that this is a full-time job for months and months. and that doesn’t even count taking the photos that will be included. for me, taking the photos was my 14-year passion and delight.
this week my book publisher jesse cory @jessecory and project coordinator paige lustig @pageboy313 from @1xrun held a team meeting with jason clark @jaosmon39, morin yousif @momo702, sam fotias @sfotias and jeff tabb @jefftabb at the office of @paxahau, the producers of @movementdetroit , to discuss plans for the 2019 festival book launch/book signing, merchandise, marketing and crowd-funding campaign. since that meeting, emails have been flying back-and-forth, and i have been putting in hours of time contacting other individuals who will be part of this effort, choosing and editing photos, pulling together and editing text, and doing my best to help connect the dots so we’re all on the same page.
so i want to say right here and now that my instagram entries may be fewer and farther between and less diverse in focus and content. i’m sure you understand and are with me as i pursue the work i believe i was born to do. i have always felt that art is one of the most political forms of expression, and we can authentically resist abuses of power simply by creating and sharing our art. since this book is all about young people and community, diversity and acceptance, music and dancing, it seems to me the message is clear: there are no borders that separate us, no barriers to our shared humanity, we are mutually respected members of the same family. in trump’s america, that kind of message is pretty subversive. #grandmatechno
Be prepared. when a would-be dictator sees a threat to his control and power, he goes on the attack. and that is what we saw happening in the united states less than 24 hours after the midterm elections gave the democrats control over the house of representatives, a body that is charged with oversight of the executive branch. trust me, this is going to get ugly. but ugly is what we need after two years of no checks & balances on this president. #midtermelections#takingbackthehouse#sessionsfiring#investigatingthepresident@nytimes
Democracy wins! i am relieved to report that the u.s. federal government will again operate in the way our constitution intended, with a system of checks and balances on the president. no longer will congress rubberstamp everything he says and does. after today’s election we will have at least one branch of the government - the house of representatives - with a democratic majority that will hold that man accountable. i offer deep gratitude to everyone who worked so hard during this election season. and i would also like to thank all of our friends and neighbors around the world who held us in good thoughts and can celebrate with us tonight. #midtermelections#thisiswhatdemocracylookslike
It may be hard to imagine but there were other things going on today besides the midterm elections. for instance, this afternoon in detroit my book publisher jesse cory @jessecory and project coordinator paige lustig @pageboy313 from @1xrun held a team meeting with jason clark @jaosmon39, morin yousif @momo702, sam fotias @sfotias (not pictured here) and jeff tabb @jefftabb (also not pictured here) at the office of @paxahau, the producers of @movementdetroit, to discuss plans for the 2019 festival book launch/book signing, merchandise, marketing and crowd-funding campaign for my upcoming grandma techno photo book.
i am so impressed with the professional, creative and collaborative energy these folks are bringing to this book project. after 14 years of attending and taking photographs at detroit’s premier electronic music festival, it feels amazing to be having my photos valued so highly. honestly, throughout that entire meeting i felt like i should pinch myself to be sure i wasn’t dreaming. i had always hoped to share these photos in a book, but i never imagined it would come to this! #grandmatechno#theycallmegrandmatechnobook#movementdetroit#1xrun#electronicmusic#techno#paxahau
I especially urge young people to vote in this midterm election, even if it’s inconvenient, or your friends aren’t voting, or you haven’t had time to study the different candidates. what happens on tuesday, november 6, 2018, will affect you for the rest of your life. trust me, you will not want to look back and say “i didn’t vote in 2018.“ this will be my 29th election and i don’t remember any one that was more important than this. we are talking about climate control, women’s reproductive rights, immigrant rights, lgbtq rights, voters rights, sensible gun control, access to healthcare, protecting the national parks, clean air, clean water, civility in public discourse, fighting racism, sexism, ableism, misogyny, sexual-harassment. and so much more. vote like your lives depend on it. because they do. this is grandma techno talking to you young folks whom i love. please don’t let me down. #vote#midtermelections#eachvotecounts#voteblue#takebackthehouse#takebackthesenate#grandmatechno#movementdetroit
Celebrating the opening today (sunday) of the detroit institute of arts’ @diadetroit new robert and katherine jacobs asian wing, the asian sound revolution artists used traditional asian instruments to create contemporary sounds. joining korean komungo (a zither-like instrument) player jin hi kim were musicians from japan, india, philippines, vietnam and china. they played as an ensemble and as soloists. it was utterly enchanting! #asiansoundrevolution