image is from a CHURCH OF DESPAIR service at Xhurch in Portland.
for full documentation of the pilgrimage and residency:
SIGNIFY, SANCTIFY, BELIEVE (SSB) is a semi-secular artist collective invested in the temporary, playful exploration of (semi-)fictional religious technologies. On Friday May 11, 2012, SSB will begin its much-anticipated pilgrimage to the holy city of Portland, Oregon. During this journey up the coast, SSB pilgrims plan to visit various holy creative sites in San Francisco, Mt. Shasta and elsewhere, communing with each location through artist-led rites.
Upon arriving in Portland around Tuesday May 15th and lasting through Sunday May 20th, SSB pilgrims will embark on a week of artist-facilitated services, sermons and workshops while in residence at Xhurch, a repurposed church and arts venue in NE Portland. These events will be led by LA-based SSB artists as well as Portland locals and other travelers, creating an etheric cross-pollination of thought and invention. At Xhurch, we will temporarily initiate any visitors or seekers, inviting them into our order of creative spiritual experimentation and sanctified dabbling.
Xhurch will also host SSB's Library of Sacred Technology Reading Room, a collection of dozens of found and newly-created pamphlets, including over 20 designed and published by SSB that feature the sacred work of Los Angelenian artists, performers, and writers.
2012 SSB Pilgrims:
Steven L. Anderson, Riah Buchanan, Claire Cronin, Sascha Godhor, Adam Overton, Peter Pendergrass, Tanya Rubbak