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Grant Petrey

MPhil work

Fast & Hot: Affect & Temporality in Hypermediation

I aim to explore affect and subjectivity within the context of a culture of hyper-mediation, and the unfolding manifestations of digital culture and technology. The potential of expanded new media practice within moving image, and the exploration of the role and language of affect, will form the foundation of this practice based thesis within fine art media practice. Considering temporality and mediation will be central to exploring the role of affect within this context.

I intend to utilise the historical legacy of modernist artist moving image practice by acknowledging the strategies used in the endeavour to work towards a political aesthetic, via formal reflexivity and a rejection of narrative. I will produce work that engages with how new media formats within hyper-mediated cultural interactions may shape and influence subjectivity within digitalised and post-human culture.

Considering the role of affect and engaging with research into how it is defined has been important. The role of affect and gaining an understanding of it’s relationship to aesthetics and as part of a strategy to deconstruct the narratives of what constitute our ontology has been pursued. This materialist approach to much post structuralist writing has been complicated or added to with an engagement with devlopments in speculative philosophy in relation to Quentin Meillassoux. My reading has led me to consider the virtual and virtuality and the flows of power in relation to affect.

Considering ideas around the virtual that are proposed by Deleuze and also Baudrillard has been important, and to recognize the similarities and differences within their conception of the virtual and philosophical critique.


  • MPhil


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Arts & Humanities Research, 2016–2021

  • Grant Petrey's creative practice spans; time based media, curatorial projects, production and research. His practice explores temporality via the triangulation of the still and moving image with the sonic.  The interplay of process, materiality and digital mediation and the temporal schism between these processes of mediation and remediation led to questions of the materiality of the screen. Questioning the phenomena of the screen an dmoving image to challenge notions of truth central to his practice with works that aim to both seduce and assault the spectator.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wales, 1997; Post Graduate Diploma Fine Art, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, 1999; Post Graduate Certifcate in Education, Institute of Education, University College London, 2002; MA Digital Film & Animation, London Metropolitan University, 2010
  • Experience

  • Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Media & Critical Theory
  • Exhibitions

  • FILE Sao Paulo 2017. Electronic Language Festival. Centro Cultural FIESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Curated by Fernanda Albuquerque de Almeida. July 2017; 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017. The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation. Edinburgh, Scotland. June 2017.; One Minute. DOTBOX, Video Art Projection Space Milano. MIART 2017 - 22nd International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art. Milan, Italy. Curated by Kerry Baldry. March 2017; BFI Flare. London LGBT Film Festival 2017. British Film Institute, South Bank, London. UK. March 2017; Time & Space. New Media Art 2017. Museum CICA, Gyeonggi-do, Korea. February 2017; Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music 2016. Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast, UK. Curated by Franziska Schroeder. November 2016; Bideodromo International Experimental Film & Video Festival 2016. BilbaoArte Production Centre, Sarean Cultural Centre, The French Institute Bilboa. Curated by Josu Lafont. Bilboa, Spain. September 2016.; 21st Split International Festival of New Film. Split, Croatia. September 2016; Directors Lounge Contemporay Art and Media. Contemporary Art Ruhr. Berlin. Germany. June 2016; 20/92 Icebox Project Space, Crane Arts. Curated by Timothy Belknap & Ryan McCartney. Philadelphia. USA. May 2016