TIM HEAD
Tim Head’s work focuses on the digital medium’s elusive material
substance and on our evolving relationship to it as a physical entity.
Bypassing its usual role of representing images and texts, the work deals
directly with its basic material elements - the luminous fabric of pixels on a
screen that are capable of displaying over sixteen million RGB colours, and
the hidden calculations of the computer operating at ultra fast speeds that
drive these elements. The medium’s underlying material substance is
exposed, moving it out from its usual confinement in virtual space towards
the same physical space that we ourselves occupy. Computer programs for
the digital projections are written to generate unique events in real time. The
unsettled surfaces of the projections are composed of randomly selected
colours, each occupying a single pixel and filling every pixel on the screen,
and programmed to change or move in particular ways across the screen as
fast as possible.

Solo exhibitions include MOMA, Oxford [1972], Whitechapel Art Gallery,
London [1974], Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol [1975], Henie-Onstad Kunstcenter,
Hovikodden [1978], Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge [1978], ICA, London
[1985], Whitechapel Art Gallery, London [1992], City Art Gallery, Manchester
[1993], Kunstverein Freiburg, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Stadtgalerie
Saarbrucken, Kunstverein Braunschweig [1995], Huddersfield Art Gallery
[2009], Kettle’s Yard Cambridge [2010], Wilkinson Gallery, London [2011].
Group exhibitions include Documenta 6, Kassel [1977], ‘British Art Now’,
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Royal Academy, London
[1980], British Pavilion, Venice Biennale [1980], 15th John Moores Liverpool
Exhibition – awarded 1st Prize [1987], ‘Days Like These’, Tate Triennial,
London [2003]. ‘The Indiscipline of Painting’, Tate St Ives and Mead Gallery,
University of Warwick [2011-12]. Public commissions include National
Media Museum, Bradford [1985], Science Museum, London [1995],
Artezium Arts and Media Centre, Luton [1998], Department of Biochemistry,
University of Oxford [2008].
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