72-year-old Patricia Lay-Dorsey alias Grandma Techno has a more active social life probably than most young partiers. Maybe you saw her at Detroit’s Movement festival where she makes an annual appearance since 2005. Despite her multiple sclerosis which took her ability to walk she traveled to the festival—and faraway places like Lebanon—alone, with her motorized scooter.
Patricia was nicknamed at Movement when she was trying to make her away through in the cram. A person in the cram screamed “Grandma Techno wants to get through,” “Let her through!”
So like that a scene star has been born.
Lay-Dorsey’s Movement experience in the documentary They Call Me Grandma Techno was made by videographer Clarence Johnson in 2012. After the video went viral, she starting playing a part in Movement along with her beloved techno DJs such as Claude VonStroke and John Digweed. Besides music and travelling she’s also into photography, her self-portrait book, Falling Into Place, published by Fotogallery in Wales, UK talks about her daily life as a person with a disability. She currently works at another book.
Check out her favorite pics from Movement Detroit.