Dr Andrew Prior

Dr Andrew Prior

Associate Professor Digital Art & Technology

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Associate Professor Digital Art & Technology
Subject Leader of Digital Design Group 
Digital Design incorporates: BA/BSc Digital Media Design, BA Game Arts & Design, MA Game Design and MA Experience Design, i-DAT and CODEX PhD Programmes.


PhD (2016) 'Medialities of Noise - The Onto-Epistemology of Noise, Media Archaeology and Post-Digital Culture' University of Aarhus, Aarhus, DenmarkPost Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (2006) University of Plymouth, Plymouth.
MA Digital Futures (2004) University of Plymouth, Plymouth.
BA (Hons) Fine Art (2000) University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC). Cardiff.
Art & Design Foundation (1996) Trowbridge College, Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Professional membership

AdvanceHE Fellowship

Roles on external bodies

Advisor to APRJA Journal


Teaching interests

Digital Art, Creative Coding, Composition and Sonic Art, Website Design, Design, Interactivity and Technology, Cultural History & Theory, Arts Practices, Popular Culture and Transdisciplinary Research

Staff serving as external examiners

BA (Hons) Digital Media at the University of Gloucester. 2019 - 2023 


Research interests

My research interests are concerned with issues revolving around contemporary culture: concepts of high/low art and how these feed off one another; the rapid rate of cultural and technological change which leads to obsolescence, ephemerality and an increasing fluidity of meaning, all figure highly within this practice.
Mirroring the dissolving boundaries in contemporary culture and academic disciplines, my work has straddled fine arts, design, computing, performance and writing as a practitioner, teacher and working within industry. At the core of my research practice is the idea that these seemingly opposing models of creative practice in which one either works for oneself, for an education institution or for a client are of course not mutually exclusive. 
Digital arts necessarily transcend traditional borders and require that I engage with a wide variety of cultural issues from an equally broad range of disciplines. In particular I am currently involved in exploration of multi-channel sound pieces, exploration of the borders between the public/private that contemporary media forms problematise draw and psychogeographical research from the likes of performance artists Blast Theory or the dutch dotWalk experiment. I draw on developments that have grown from the avant garde musical composition from the thirties onwards with Cage, Musique Concrete, Soundscape, Plunderphonics and more recently turntablism and circuit bending. 


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Prior A (2019) 'Temporal Poetics in Thomson and Craighead’s The Time Machine in Alphabetical Order' Passepartout Skrifter for Kunsthistorie Vol. 21, (No. 39) 157-172 Author Site Publisher Site Open access
Cox G, Prior A & Nolan R (2019) 'The Crackle of Contemporaneity' in Schwab M; de Assis P Futures of the Contemporary: Contemporaneity, Untimeliness, and Artistic Research Leuven Leuven University Press 97-114 Open access
Prior AM & Tyzlik-Carver M (2017) 'Ghost Factory – posthuman executions' in Tyżlik-Carver M; Snodgrass E; Pritchard H Databrowser 6
Conference Papers
Prior AM (2012) 'Glitching Paralogy' in Soren P; Cox G; Ulrich Anderson C Researching BWPWAP Luneberg, Germany 1-/-1/20127-/-0/2013Aarhus/Berlin Digital Aesthetics Research Centre (Aarhus University), transmediale and reSource for transmedial culture. Publisher Site
Prior AM (2011) 'Noise at the Interface' Public Interfaces 1-/-0/20111-/-0/2011Aarhus Aarhus University Press Publisher Site
Prior AM (2011) 'Quicktime Web-Jockey - Trailblazing the Archive' WroArts Media Arts Biennale 5-/-0/20115-/-0/2011Publisher Site
11/02/201111/02/2011What Happens. Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
16/01/201116/01/2011What Happens. Merkin Hall, Ecstactic Festival, New York
13/12/201013/12/2010What Happens. Kings Place, London
'3 Movements (Le Thibeuf Mix)' Publisher Site
'Lateral Branches' Publisher Site
'St Peter’s Harmonics' Publisher Site
Distributed Presence. Nová Synagóga, Zilina 14/05/20131 Publisher Site


Conferences organised

Digital Research in Humanities and the Arts (DRHA) - 2017 - DataAche
Society of Artistic Research - 2018 - Artistic Research Will Eat Itself 


aprior.info My home page - you can find out about various projects, research interests etc. here. I am a member of i-DAT (the Institute of Digital Art & Technology)