Dr Andrew Prior
Associate Professor in Digital Media Design
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Associate Professor Digital Media Design
Programme Leader of Digital Media Design, Game Arts & Design, Internet Design and Virtual Reality Design
PhD (2016) 'Medialities of Noise - The Onto-Epistemology of Noise, Media Archaeology and Post-Digital Culture' University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
Post 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.
Digital Art, Multimedia, Film, Composition and Sonic Art, Website Design, Design, Interactivity and Technology, Cultural History & Theory, Arts Practices, Popular Culture and Transdisciplinary Research
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.