I joined Bath Spa from being a full-time lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the London College of Music and Media, Thames Valley University (now University of West London). I bring experience from an industry background in print and interactive design, to the current courses that I teach. I've been at the School of Art and Design since 2004.
In addition to teaching, I am a practicing artist and interactive designer. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Examples of which are on my website.
In 2004 I co-wrote, '3D for the Web', internationally published by Focal Press. The book covered the subject of 3D computer animation and it's possibilities for use with the internet. This is a practical book on how to prepare animated 3D content for web purposes, and discusses many new techniques and concepts for interactive 3D animation, developed by myself and my co-author, Carol MacGillivray.
I have a varied research interested linked by the common theme of data. I use data in my creative art and design practice, which is often interactive and utilised my knowledge of realtime 3D graphics. See publications and websites below for more information.
I am the Creative Director of Illuminate, a multidisciplinary projection and light event and also curate the MediaWall at Bath Spa University (a portrait shaped wall of 30 screens).
- BA (Hons) Digital Arts, Thames Valley University
- MA Computer Arts, Thames Valley University
- Member, Computer Arts Society
- External Advisor for the HND Art and Design, University of Worcester, April 2013.
- External Advisor for FDA Creative Practice, Yeovil College, May 2009.
- External Advisor for the BA Interactive Media, Manchester College of Arts and Technology, July 2008.
Other external roles
- I undertake freelance work as an interactive designer and artist.
- Director of Anthony Head Limited.
My teaching focuses Digital Art and Interactive Design, with subject expertise in Interactive 3D computer work.
I was Creative Director of IlluminateBath that ran in 2010, and January 2012, lighting up the city of Bath with digital projections and installations. . New Illuminate 2015 is coming to Bath in January.
I have been researching, curating and creating work for the MediaWall at Bath Spa University.
I have a keen interest in experimental media and promote the exploration of designing for new devices using computers.
My long-term research is based on a collaborative project to develop real-time immersive painted environments - http://www.lightyearsprojects.org. This has led to many exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
Another area of interest is in real-time 3D computer graphics.
Recent professional updating
- Bubblebath2012, UKTI, Bath Digital business expedition to Silicon Valley, November 2011
- Attending the JISC Annual Conference, Liverpool, March 2011
- Attended Innovate10 exhibition and conference, London, October 2010
- Attended Digital Artist pioneers conference, London, February 2010
- Attended Electronic Visualisation in the Arts conference, London, July 2009
- Attended Plymouth Elearning Conference 2009, April 2009
- Attended CETL conference on Visual Learning, Nottingham, July 2008
- Presented at 'Creative Software' Conference, Cybersalon, London, March 2006
- Presented at Foundation Degree conference, Swindon, April 2006
- Attended a conference hosted by the Design Education subject Association on the "Scholarship of Practice", May 2005
- Attended event on 'Strategic Subjects in Higher Education - Teaching Dimension and Research Capacity', Foundation for Science and Technology, Nov 2004.
- I am PhD supervisor for Luba Didich.
- I welcome PhD applications from students interested in aspects of 3D graphics for visualisation and simulation, interactive art and design.
Research and academic outputs
Head, A and MacGillivray, C (2006) 3D for the web: interactive 3D animation using 3ds max, Flash and Director. Focal Press. ISBN 9780240519104
Researching virtual, augmented and mixed realities, or how the Elastic 3D Spaces project emerged from an outdoor projection event
Head, A and Sujir, L (2020) 'Researching virtual, augmented and mixed realities, or how the Elastic 3D Spaces project emerged from an outdoor projection event.' In: Menotti, G and Crisp, V, eds. Practices of projection: histories and technologies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 155-172. ISBN 9780190934125 (Forthcoming)
Head, A and Gardiner, J (2013) 'Light years: Jurassic coast.' In: Bowen, J P, Keene, S and Ng, K, eds. Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture. Springer. ISBN 9781447154051
Head, A, Glen, N and Thompson, S (2009) 'A 'hybrid space’ for peer review: can Facebook inspire new ways of thinking?' In: Remenyi, D, ed. The proceedings of the 8th European Conference on e-Learning : University of Bari, Italy, 29-30 October 2009. Academic Publishing, Reading, pp. 732-741. ISBN 9781906638528
Head, A (2017) Elastic space. In: We Make Stuff: Digital Materialities and Digital Storytelling Workshop, 28 June 2017, Burdall's Yard, Bath, UK.
Head, A and Sujir, L (2016) Elastic 3D Space. In: Besides the Screen, 20 - 22 June 2016, Conventry, UK.
Head, A (2016) Defining elastic space. In: Elastic 3D Space International Colloquium, 24 - 27 February 2016, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Head, A and Sujir, L (2015) Elastic 3D Space: international workshop. In: Elastic 3D Space: Embodied Virtual Space Observable Through the Use of Stereoscopic Techniques, 3 - 5 October 2015, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Head, A (2014) Stories on walls. In: ISEA 2014, 30 October - 8 November 2014, Dubai, UAE.
Head, A (2012) Live projection drawing performance. In: X Media Lab Bath: Digital Entertainment Conference Day, 16 March 2012, Assembly Halls, Bath.
Head, A (2012) Exploring the issues of digital outdoor architectural projections. In: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts 2012, 10 - 12 July, London.
Head, A (2011) 3D Weather – Towards a Real-time 3D Simulation of Localised Weather presented at EVA 2011. In: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2011), 6 - 8 July 2011, London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-906124-88-5 and (http//:www.3dweather.org).
Head, A (2011) A painterly approach to 3D graphics. In: Electronic Visualisation & the Arts (EVA) 2011, 6 - 8 July, London.
Garrard, G, Head, A and Bevan, A (2010) Poetiks (poetry analysis software, funded by JISC). In: The 8th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: EISTA 2010 (Part of the 4th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics), 29th June - 2nd July 2010, Orlando, USA and associated software demonstration website (http//:www.poetiks.com).
Head, A, Glen, N and Thompson, S (2009) A 'hybrid space’ for peer review: can Facebook inspire new ways of thinking? In: 8th European Conference on e-Learning, 29-30 October 2009, University of Bari, Italy.
Students, Academic Staff, Clients and the Design Industry – Can Fee Paying Clients Give Projects to Design Departments’ Students and Keep All Stakeholders Happy?
Head, A (2009) Students, Academic Staff, Clients and the Design Industry – Can Fee Paying Clients Give Projects to Design Departments’ Students and Keep All Stakeholders Happy? In: GLAD09, 21 - 22 October, York St John University.
Head, A (2017) Sphere 3D House Data Visualisation.
Head, A (2017) FLOW. Bath Spa University, Bath, UK, December 2017 - January 2018.
Head, A (2017) iMigration 2. Bath Abbey, Bath, UK, 8 February 2017 - 8 February 2018.
Head, A (2016) SPHERE House Visualisation. In: MediaWall, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK, November 28 - December 14 2016.
Head, A (2016) iMigration. In: Forest of Imagination, Bath Abbey, Bath, UK, 3 June 2016 - 24 June 2016.
Head, A (2015) Gingerbread House. In: Frome Christmas Extravaganza: The Snow Ball, Frome, UK, 27 November 2015.
Head, A (2015) Marvellous marble machine. Bath Spa University, Bath, UK, 18- 26 June 2015.
Head, A (2015) Symphony of Light. In: Illuminate Bath 2015, Abbey Chambers, Bath, 3-10 January 2015.
Head, A (2014) Text and Texture. In: Shakespeare's Birthplace Lightshow, Stratford upon Avon, UK, 27 November-14 December 2014.
Head, A (2013) You, me & everyone in Portsmouth. Portsmouth Guildhall, 25 - 26 October 2013.
Head, A (2013) The Digitrope. Roman Baths, Stall Street, Bath, 15 - 16 March 2013.
Head, A (2012) 'Jackie' and 'Dancing dolls'. In: Illuminate Bath: Jubilee Weekend, Bath, UK, 1-5 June 2012.
Head, A (2012) Illuminate Bath 2012. In: Circle of Light Moscow International Festival, Central House of Artists, Moscow, 28 September-2 October 2012.
Head, A (2011) Pump Room Pinball for Comic Relief. Pump Rooms, Bath, 18 March 2011.
Illuminate Bath: A bi-annual festival of light projections, installations, performances, workshops (2010 / 2012 / 2015)
Head, A (2010) Illuminate Bath: A bi-annual festival of light projections, installations, performances, workshops (2010 / 2012 / 2015). City of Bath, UK, 1-13 November 2010, 25-28 January 2012 & 3-10 January 2015.
Head, A (2009) Jurassic Light Years (a projected virtual environment). Imaginalis, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA, 5 March - 4 April 2009.
Hyde, J, Stamp, R, Dickinson, J and Head, A (2018) Seeing Sound [organisers].
Head, A (2011) 3D Weather [website].
Head, A (2010) Poetiks.