Andrew Prior

Andrew Prior

Lecturer in Media Arts

School of Art and Media (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Art & Design Foundation
Trowbridge College, Frome Road, Trowbridge, WIltshire.

BA (Hons) Fine Art
UWIC, Howard Gardens, Newport Road, Cardiff.

MA Digital Futures
University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth

PGCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth

Teaching interests

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

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.

Other research

I am currently enrolled on a PhD at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. The working title is:  An Informational Critique of Noise and Glitch Aesthetics

Creative practice & artistic projects

Much of my creative practice, research and artwork is documented on my personal website. Please see links at bottom of page

Reports & invited lectures


Sound Art Curating, Goldsmiths (March 2014)

Media Archaeologies Colloquium at the Humboldt University, Berlin (Date TBC)

Participatory Information Technology & Folkelab Residency (March 2014)


Slow Moment(um) - Towards a Media Archaeology of Glitch, Renew! Media Art Histories, Riga, Latvia, October 2013

Distributed Presence, Interactive Sound Installation, Remake Festival, Zilina, Slovakia, May 2013

Paper, Media Archaeology and Technical Debris, PhD Workshop & Symposium, University of London, Goldsmiths. (June 2013)

TapeLoops Workshop, Roskilde Festival, Denmark, July 2013

Paper, Re:Wire Media Art Histories Conference, Latvia, October 2013

in/compatible research, Moderation of PhD Panel, Transmediale Festival, Berlin (Feb 2012)

Medialities of Noise, Precarious Times, British Art Show 7, Plymouth (Dec 2011)

Trailblazing the Archive, WRO 2011 Biennale Alternative Now, Wroclaw (May 2011)

Noise at the Interface, Public Interfaces Conference, Aarhus (2011)

John Matthias, Adrian Corker & Andrew Prior,

Performance: What Happened Next? 

December  2010 Kings Place, London

John Matthias, Adrian Corker & Andrew Prior,

Performance: What Happened Next? 

January 2011, Ecstactic Festival, New York

John Matthias, Adrian Corker & Andrew Prior,

Performance: What Happened Next? 

February 2011, Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, Plymouth

CD: Consortium 5 and Luke Styles 'Three Stages III' (Le Thibeuf Mix) 

October 2010 Nonclassical Records 

CD: Mark Greenwood & Andrew Prior, Lateral Branches, 

August 2010, OneC records

John Matthias & Andrew Prior

Performance: Aesthetics in the Time of Emergency

University of Plymouth, June 2010

Paper: Sonic Arts Network Expo

Towards a Wireless Sound Practice

Paper: Technology & Social Space Transmediale Festival

Article: ClipArt History MAZine, Ravensbourne

Workshop: MA Interactive Art Falmouth College of Art & Design Flash & Director course

Lecturing: FdA Sound & Music Technology Estover College Musique Concrete and Soundscape

Lecturing: Bsc MediaLab Arts Univeristy of Plymouth Digital Design & Application, Media Design & Collaborative Practice

Lecturing: Bsc Computing University of Plymouth New Media Design & Production

Links My home page - you can find out about various projects, research interests etc. here

Institute of Digital Art & Technology I am a member of i-dat