first biographical notes 


   A reticence here has to do with subjectivity. I shouldn’t write my own biography, but here a few notes complement proposals mentioned in texts.


   towards a biography

 Putting websites together has to do with a body of work that’s mostly out of sight. The worst bit is inevitable reference to biographical details and here I remember Joseph Beuys mentioning a field of cows aged 6 in his biography. Listing courses and exhibitions is one thing, but digital coordinates are something else. 

 Self authorisation is one option or an art worlds panopticon is another and in one text (here), I refer to two versions of good form. I was at Goldsmiths following May 68 and sometimes see professionalisation as problematic, with art worlds increasingly effected by florid data.


 Let’s say I’ve a problem with biographies and am more interested in what archival materials can be.

 Boris Groys reinterprets digital texts and archives as future events and in a text called In the flow, writes, Archives are often interpreted as merely a means of conserving the past-of displaying the past in the present time. But in fact archives are at the same time and even primarily machines for transporting the present into the future. Artists do their work not only for their own time but also for the art archives - that is, for the future in which the artist’s work will remain present.



 first notes

 I don't know how to go about this, so will be brief and divide material between two websites.

 I was born in Jersey (6.12.48), then went Goldsmiths College, School of Art (1967-71) and spent three years in what was then the painting school. Early work was influenced by emerging conceptual art, arte povera and a politics post May 68. This was a period at odds with art education and art worlds and according to Chris Kraus, options after art school were and are forms of social practice.

  I lived in Hackney during the late 1970s and 80s and there wasn't access to technologies that now complement contemporary practice. Paid work eventually led to work in some clinical areas.  And video and computer technology eventually provided new platforms for less marketable work. 


  A divide between marketable and less marketable work currently divides contemporary practice. In the second part of this bio. (see other website), psychoanalysis gradually became more important and I started showing work. 

 Feeling isolated in Jersey, I first trained as an art therapist with a view to finding regular employment and finding out about therapy. Having to talk and finding someone to talk to is mentioned in website texts and in the offline text, talking house(s). This trajectory eventually leads in the direction of psychoanalysis. Another trajectory has to do with video, painting and art practice.

 The second part of these notes can be seen in the second website.



Christopher Sands, Salamis, still 2016    



Christopher Sands, still, January 2008

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