Billy Mark

Location: Detroit, MI

Describe your featured work:

This is an image of me offering my body as a living sacrifice to God in a small stream at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View Ca.

This work, called “offering” is in response to the hopelessness I felt when taking a look at how deeply my life is embedded in surveillance capitalism.
Using a sound map app called “echoes” and audio pins on a google map, I collaborated with composer Jon Armstrong and geotagged his original compositions for this piece at seven locations around the perimeter of the campus.

With my phone and a handheld speaker, at seven set times throughout the course of the day, I visited each location, played the music and offered my body.

I was joined by photographer Lisa Beth Anderson, and this photograph is a result of our shared experience.

If you ever get to feeling down because of the surveillance blues, feel free to come to the Googleplex and offer your body to God. The sound map is active.

One of the images below is from a forthcoming children’s book inspired by “offering“ and “echoes”. The book invites young readers to shake their surveillance blues by engaging their senses to deeply encounter the world that surrounds them.

Artist’s Statement:

“Conform no longer to the patterns of this (art) world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”

Wrestle, 2016, liturgy
Wind, 2019, liturgy

What are you making now?

Creative Tithing. Actually, I’m not making it. It’s making me. A few friends and I have been applying Jesus’ teachings on money and the practice of the tithe to the creative process. A creative tithe is where an artist accepts a small, monthly percentage of a tithe so that the work made from the artists practice can be given as gifts. What started as an alternative arts funding model and a hope to make art more accessible for more people is still that, but for me, it has now become an integral part of my spiritual/art practice. I say the creative tithe is “making me” because, like any good spiritual practice, the process reveals the heart. Before, I was making myself and my career in the image of my own scarcity, I now am opening to God’s unconditional grace and am slowly beginning to see a new end to art.

Red Prayer, 2020, transmedia prayer

Longitude / Latitude

Billy Mark is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Detroit. He’s married to fiber artist, Sarah Mark. His areas of exploration lately have been embodied poetics, experimental liturgies, site-specific music and poetry, and the creative and spiritual resources found in monasticism.