The Lion’s Jaw Festival Book-Document

It is with great enthusiasm that we invite you to add pages to the 2018 Lion’s Jaw Festival Book-Document

This year in the lounge at Green Street Studios, with the help of choreographer and designer Ben Van Buren + curator/artist Joy Mariama Smith, we will once again be setting up a station complete with computer, scanner, and friendly staff member to assist you in adding pages to a book-document of the festival. This book-document will be published shortly after the conclusion of the festival, at which point it will be sold online through print on demand. This is a conversation on how we archive time + space!

It may be helpful to see the Book as the fourth studio at Lion’s Jaw; a very real and virtually-real space that we build together to explore and resist/embrace ephemera. Pages will be accepted via scan. Scans may include, but are not limited to: reflections, academic papers, poetry, body parts, autumn leaves, blank (or full, depending on how you look at them) pages, instruction manual excerpts, manifestos, drawings, photographs, cellphone screens, scores, and public domain ephemera.*
Each scan will be added to the book-document as a single-page in the order in which it is received. Pages will appear alongside transcripts and photography of certain festival events.

ADDITIONALLY this year the book will exist and be created through both website and chat room formats. Pages/material/documentation accumulated online will also become a part of the Book document! Please be encouraged and encourage others, to contribute online via the website and/or email. Explore the LIVING ARCHIVE that is currently being accumulated at this year’s Lion’s Jaw Performance + Dance festival!

If you’d like to take a look at last years book, more on that is available here: The BOOK 2017

So come on in! This book-space is available to you as if it were another studio, and we hope you will feel compelled enter and join this experiment in performance festival documentation. Because (art) history is not a fact, it is a ongoing process to be engaged, troubled, and occupied through persistent practice!

*(PLEASE NOTE: we cannot publish material that is under copyright without permission from the current copyright holder.)
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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.

17019334_1513715792.281A native Philadelphian currently based in Den Haag, NL, Joy Mariama Smith’s work primarily addresses the conundrum of projected identities in various contexts. A sub-theme, or ongoing question in their work is: What is the interplay between the body and it’s physical environment? Rooted in socially engaged art practice, they are a performance/installation/movement artist , activist, facilitator, curator and architectural designer. They have a strong improvisational practice spanning 20 years.  When they choose to teach, they actively try to uphold inclusive spaces. they/them/their* :third person singular gender-neutral pronoun