The Lion’s Jaw Festival Book/The Living Archive
Beginning in 2017, with the help of choreographer and designer Ben Van Buren, we have set up a station in the lounge at Lion’s Jaw, complete with computer, scanner, laptops and a friendly volunteer staff member in order to collectively document the festival.
We invite participants to scan whatever they wish, whenever they wish [receipts, journal entries, drawings, class notes, photographs]. Each scan becomes its own page, and each page is added chronologically- in the order in which it was scanned- into the book as a sort of manifesto or exploration of how we document experience and the ephemera of time, memory and movement.
Published/Printed by Yonkers International Press, The Book is a fascinating passage through the days of the festival.
Instead of a clear narrative, or point of view, the reader encounters an accumulation of debris that moves constantly between frivolity and seriousness. The result is a sort of moving-average of group-thinking—an outline of an experience in which a group’s intentions and emotions were always both conflictual and complimentary.
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Ben Van Buren is a choreographer and editorial designer based in New York City. His performance work has appeared in a wide variety of contexts including Zirgu Pasts in Latvia; the Incheon International Dance Festival in South Korea; Dance and Process at The Kitchen in New York; and the FleetMoves festival in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Recently Ben has begun to work at the intersection of performance and publication. In 2015 he edited and co-designed the book document of the first edition of A Corner In The World festival in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also the founder of the experimental publishing house Yonkers International Press. Ben trained at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), and is currently studying at the New School for Social Research.