Gary Hall is a London-based critical theorist working on philosophy, politics and new media technologies. He is Professor of Media and Performing Arts in the School of Art and Design, and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University, UK, as well as visiting professor at the Hybrid Publishing Lab – Leuphana Inkubator, Leuphana University, Germany. Author of Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002) and Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now (Minnesota UP, 2008), and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh UP, 2006) and Experimenting: Essays with Samuel Weber (Fordham UP, 2007), he is also founding co-editor of the open access journal Culture Machine, and co-founder of Open Humanities Press. He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications in edited books and academic journals including Angelaki, Cultural Politics, Cultural Studies, Parallax, The Oxford Literary Review and Radical Philosophy. In 2010 he was Visiting Fellow in The Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. Together with Clare Birchall and Joanna Zylinska he published the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life (Open Humanities Press, 2011), a sustainable series of over twenty open access books about life - with life understood both philosophically and biologically - which provides a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Currently he is developing a series of politico-institutional interventions - dubbed activist scholarship - which draw on digital media to actualise or creatively perform critical and cultural theory; and writing two monographs: Media Gifts and Pirate Philosophy.