Laughing Mouse Press made it official today, "Living Liminal: The Art of Rotate NYC" is scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. This will be the first work of mine to feature art, not writing and I'm very excited. Rotate NYC was a party for which I became the designer and one of the hosts for just under two years. It was, at the time, a small bit of underground outcropping in a New York whose electronic underground was not doing very well. We had projections, international talent, and a lot of hope. The party was a springboard for the successful event producer and nightclub magician, Mehmet Erkaya, who went from Rotate to partnership in Black Market Membership (New York Magazine, 2010; Best All Night Party). The book has an introduction by the US Editor for ResidentAdvisor.net, Todd L.Burns.
For me, an entrance into electronic music culture had been slow but sure. I had help run an independent record label, once upon a time, working with artists like Val Emmich (Ugly Betty) and as the predictability and short length of that music met my post-traumatic 9/11 self I eschewed all things old and went onto the new. I had hopes, for sure. Some of those are exposed in my Red Room audiocast, Corn Plastic Dancefloor, which will be reprinted for Living Liminal. Other parts of the book will be an exploration of the process by which I came to develop my graphic design style as part of my response to the larger world. At the time I was young and horrified. I was shooting film and film photography was out. I was hoping to write books and those too, were going away. I had studied memoir under the Irish writer Nuala O'Faolain, who greatly encouraged my writing, but despite her exhortations to write I had no sense of what in my life was solid, much less compelling.
Liminality, the idea of the space in between, of border states, of slipping and changing states have always been a part of my life. As a child of immigrants I lived inside a cultural sphere. As a dreamer and someday artist I also lived in another sphere. New York City, post 9/11, the transitional state we live in now between the future and the recent past, all come to head in the art for Rotate NYC. At the end of the experience I had cut up my photos (digitally) and repurposed them into poems. Non-linear, non-text based poems about the state of women, the environment and the state of my mind as I traveled to places all around the globe. The DJs we brought in were useful, too. They had album titles recalling spirits, wise men and travels and cities of their own. Rotate NYC served me because the work of a monthly party forced me into discipline and I used that discipline to realize my first solo exhibit and installation of a fine art series, "The Life of Ruby Gold." For me this was practical for it gave me resources and timelines so that in 2008 I could close a difficult year with a sense of journey and resolution.
I believe the world is full of too many people who would judge me for my use of alternative spaces and cultures. Criticize my morality for working inside a drug infused as well as future thinking culture where sexual norms and psychic norms are not so deeply applied. I know that at the time my life was as schizophrenic as one might imagine, working for a soon to be UN lauded organization working in women's sexual and reproductive rights and health during the day, building a website and publications archive alongside a dedicated team while rushing at night to meet the DJ at the airport and then staying up until the next morning. I, could...care...less...The experience was physically demanding, psychologically transformative and allowed me to understand that we all are living liminal. This understanding is where the revolution can be found, of course not on the dance floor, but somewhere in every breaking of the status quo and expanding of consciousness individually and as part of a team of loving, hard working and dedicated individuals.
As part of my life's journey I have come to believe in the remix. Increasingly, images some of those exact ones represented in Living Liminal are now available as high-resolution downloads, suitable for remixing and also a poem, Version 2.0 from my chapbook, Electric Bathtub Psalms. All remixes of Version 2.0 that are submitted to me will be included on my website and on other sites where sharing is encouraged. http://www.mariettepapic.com/welcome/2011/01/remix-this/