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


I am very happy to announce that I received the Laycock grant from the College of Fine Arts and Communication at BYU to help fund this project.
I am currently in the script writing and planning stages and I hope to have a clear vision of the project (script and schedule) by the end of summer so I may move forward with execution.
Most of the background work will take place during Fall semester (Sept.-Dec. 2008), which will include: preparations for auditions/casting, design work for advertising methods/catalog, writing of press releases/invitations, purchasing and manufacturing of props, etc. More of the execution will be in Winter semester (Jan.-March 2009), which will include: auditions/casting/rehearsals, advertising/invitations/press releases, purchasing costumes/refreshments, exhibition/performance/artist reception, etc.

PARTICIPATION: I really appreciate all who have signed up to help with this project and look forward to working with you. If you know of anyone who would like to help please forward this information to them and have them contact me (see participation opportunities below). If you do not feel you will be able to help please let me know.
The Laycock grant is an interdisciplinary grant, which requires me to work with students and faculty from multiple departments of BYU. Although working within the college is a requirement, I am not limited and may also work with people outside of the college.

Participation Opportunities:
Actors/Actresses – Casting, Performance
Video Documentation – (Spencer Cahoon is primarily responsible for this and may need assistance)
Photographic Documentation – Photography (secondary help needed)
Marketing/Advertising – Public Relations, Invitations, Press Releases
Designer – Catalog, Flyer, Post Cards
Accounting – Budget, Purchasing
Artist’s Assistant – Curator, Other
Writer – Script, Biography, Essay, Press Release, Invitations

Compensation for Participants:
College Credit (Advisor carried/Independent study worked out through department)
Receive applicable work experience (Resume/Portfolio/CV)
Letter of recommendation
Personal growth through unique performance opportunity
A copy of the documentary

Thank you for your participation and support.

Chris Purdie

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