Alex Head was born in London, 1983, and currently works in the UK and Berlin, Germany. He studied a Bachelors of Arts in Sculpture & Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art (2007). Head is an artist and educator interested in creating non-hierarchical networks of artists, researchers and citizens. His practice facilitates meetings between artists and non-artists within the communities and micro-communities that populate the artist’s working environment, significantly within London, Lanzarote and Berlin. As an artist and educator he is interested in group problem solving and alternative areas of art production.
Head’s process often involves organising temporary working communities with the aim of exploring and archiving ideas and spaces on the cultural periphery. He works with sculpture and art-happenings to explore human identity and the transference of authorship through collective production.
Head has developed numerous projects with a focus on national flags, functional signage and international means of communication. Flag Making Workshops in the UK, Spain and Germany have placed an emphasis on social encounter, group dynamics and creative approaches to pedagogy. He has been invited to develop this work with Tate Modern (2010) and the Transition Towns Network, London. (2010-2011). He was commissioned to design a flag for the architectural practice Arte De Obra, Lanzarote, Spain, (2011).
Head organised a week of arts activities including gallery visits and workshops that culminated in public parade that became embedded within the community negating the roles of artist and audience. The Parakeet Parade, (2011) altered the relationship between artist and audience, from author-audience to artist-participant authors.
During his work for the Transition Towns Network he contributed a flag design to the conference Confronting Change: Peak Oil and the Big Society, at the South Bank Centre, London. Speakers for the event included Pollly Higgins, barrister and international environmental lawyer, Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Towns Movement and Michael Meacher MP, former Minister for the Environment under Tony Blair.
Head curated and oraganised Well Oiled Festival (2010) in Finsbury Park, London. Well Oiled Festival emerged from a specific engagement with voluntary community groups around a final outcome. The process of siting, determining content, scheduling and the identity of the project as a whole was facilitated by Head in coordination with Transition Finsbury Park. The Transition group and others have adopted Well Oiled Festival as a regular event that brings together a diverse cross-section of the local community reflecting the aims of the initial project.