this project now also exists online: signifysanctifybelieve.org
"Signify, Sanctify, Believe" - April 21 to May 5 2011 at the Free Church of Public Fiction - was facilitated by Claire Cronin, Tanya Rubbak, and Adam Overton, and featured the sacred gifts of dozens of contemporary artists, performers, and visionaries. It is invested in the temporary, playful exploration of [semi-]fictional religious technologies. Two very special branches were in residence this Spring: The Saints and Servants of the Order of [Con]Temporary Religious Observance, and The Library of Sacred Technologies.
"The Saints and Servants of the Order of [Con]Temporary Religious Observance"
We sense something in you, something gentle, wise, alive, and ancient. Come ... participate in our project, a new religious center full of centers, a temporary haven for creative religious action and thought, where Believers are made and then cast out into the world, only to later believe again in Something Else. Our shared pursuit is to illuminate the relationship between the religious and the creative. We believe that temporary engagement with real and imagined belief systems can lead to heightened and playful awareness in our daily, secular lives. We hope that you might come and be temporarily converted, inducted, or baptized into numerous invented religious orders during our multi-week state of devotion.
"The Library of Sacred Technologies" is an ephemeral cabinet of mystical and metaphysical wonders, designed to serve and inspire seekers of all dimensions and demeanor. With a mixture of found and invented ephemera in the form of pamphlets and articles of faith, our library features the insightful labor of celebrated best-selling self-published self-helpers, charismatic gurus, religious anthropologists, and other types of sincerely mystical dabblers from Los Angeles. Our L.o.S.T. Reading Room will be open throughout our residency at The Free Church of Public Fiction, and can be perused online beginning 4/21/2011. Come sit down, relax and explore our vast archive, or join us at one of our upcoming fanciful Reading Room gatherings.