Gary Tedman

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Gary Tedman is an English artist and writer.[1] He has written extensively on the theme of aesthetics and specifically on the concept of an aesthetic level of practice. His essay Ideology, the State and the Aesthetic Level of Practice was published in 1999 in the American peer-reviewed journal Rethinking Marxism. Since then he has published numerous essays exploring various aspects of the theme. His ideas exist as a complete and original theory of aesthetics based on Marx and Althusser in the modernist Marxist tradition (Brecht, Althusser, Benjamin, Adorno). The main concepts that arise from his work are: the aesthetic level of practice, aesthetic state apparatuses, aesthetic interpellation, and pseudo dialectics, all of which are used to understand the role of aesthetic experience and its place in everyday life. His book Aesthetics and Alienation was published by Zero Books in 2012. Texts by the author refer to an interpretation of Marx's Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 as a basis for extrapolating an aesthetic (sensual, felt) level to human social practice, and to corresponding Aesthetic State Apparatuses, that link with Althusser's concept of an ideological level and Ideological State Apparatuses.

He is a graduate of Fine-Art from Portsmouth Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art where he completed an MA in Cultural History.


  • Origins of Kitsch Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2010
  • Subjectless aesthetics Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2004