Norimichi Hirakawa, The Irreversible [4-Dimensional Version] 2016


Gary Hall is a writer, philosopher and cultural theorist working (and making) in the areas of digital media, politics and technology. He is Professor of Media in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Coventry University, UK, where he co-directs the Centre for Postdigital Cultures (a disruptive iteration of the Centre for Disruptive Media he directed previously), and its Post Office arts and humanities research studio, which brings together media theorists, practitioners, activists and artists. Currently he is also external examiner for the MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London.

He is the author of a number of books, including The Inhumanist Manifesto (Techne Lab, 2017), Pirate Philosophy (MIT Press, 2016), The Uberfication of the University (Minnesota UP, 2016), Digitize This Book! (Minnesota UP, 2008), and Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002). In addition, he is co-author of Públicos Fantasma - La Naturaleza Política Del Libro - La Red (Taller de Ediciones Económicas, 2016) and Open Education: A Study In Disruption (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2014), and co-editor of Experimenting (Fordham UP, 2007) and New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh UP, 2006).

In 1999 he co-founded the critical theory journal Culture Machine. In 2006 he co-founded an open access publishing house Open Humanities Press (OHP), which he still co-directs. He also co-edits OHP's Liquid Books series and the Jisc-funded Living Books About Life series. OHP is a founder member of both the Radical Open Access Collective and ScholarLed, with Hall currently being co-PI on the associated Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project.

He has given lectures and seminars at institutions around the world, including the Australian National University, Cambridge University, Columbia University, University of Heidelberg, K.U. Leuven, Lund University, Monash University, New York University, the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Wellcome Collection in London. With over thirty peer-reviewed publications in edited books and academic journals including American LiteratureAngelakiCultural StudiesNew Formations, and Radical Philosophy, his work has been translated into Chinese, French, Japanese, Turkish, Russian, Spanish and Slovenian. 

He is currently developing a series of politico-institutional interventions that draw on digital media to actualise, or creatively perform, critical theory in relation to the city, the gig economy, and public institutions such as the library, museum and university. He is also completing two new monographs: Liberalism Must Be Defeated; and InfraRed: Übercapitalism and What We Can Do About It.

Hall has written on the commons, copyright, cultural analytics, data, metadata, digital capitalism, digital humanities, the history and future of the book, media archaeology, new materialism, open access, open education, piracy, the posthuman, posthumanities, Marxism, post-Marxism, psychoanalysis, the quantified self, the sharing/gig economy, secrecy, the idea of the university, and on the philosophy of Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, Lyotard, Hardt and Negri, Mouffe, Stiegler and Braidotti.

He is associated with the development of a number of critical concepts and practices, including open medialiquid theoryliving booksradical open accessthe microentrepreneur of the selfaffirmative disruptiondisruptive humanitiesmasked mediaübercapitalism, and pirate philosophy