I am Chris Purdie is a performance art piece involving thirty-five performers playing the role of visual artist Chris Purdie. The cast wears the "Chris Purdie uniform" and performs the role as they interact with patrons attending the artist's reception. For the duration of the exhibition, there will be at least one "Chris Purdie" in the gallery during their hours.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


The following is the request for participation and questionnaire I sent out to acquaintances.

Hello Family and Friends,

Many of you may remember the participation request email and form I sent out January 2008. I received some great feedback and look forward to more.

Please remember this is an ongoing project that will last up until the exhibition in March of 2009 at the SEGO Art Center of Provo.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A large-scale performance art project. I am working to create a conceptual self-portrait involving 35 actors/actresses who will learn how to be “me” and perform the part in an art gallery. They will wear the “Chris Purdie” costume, be strategically placed in the gallery, and act out specific roles as they interact with the viewers. In order for them to learn how to be me, I must better understand who I am (external and internal view). I need your help with the external part of the script for this production. I will use yours and others memories and experiences as well as my own to construct the external/internal image of “Chris Purdie”.

PARTICIPATION REQUEST: I would greatly appreciate it if you would write down as much as you can about me on the attached form. Your participation will be integral to the success of this project.
Please send me things as they come to you. This is a long-term project (about one year), so I hope there will be enough time for everyone to send more than one description form.

ATTACHMENT: Please answer the questions on the form and get it back to me (see questionnaire form below). Remember to write your name and the date in the “footer” section of the form.

DEADLINE: At this point in the planning stages the sooner I receive the forms the better. The latest I can accept the forms for use in the script writing process will be January 2009, but again sooner will be better.

Thank you for your participation and support.
Chris Purdie

Introduction | Exposé | Memorial

1. How do you know Chris Purdie?

2. How long have you known Chris Purdie?

3. Describe Chris Purdie with one word:

4. Describe Chris Purdie with one sentence:

5. Please share stories, experiences, personality, quirks, flaws, weaknesses, strengths, mannerisms, phrases, or anything and everything you can think of:

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