Tacktical Aesthetics: A Propositional Aesthetic Language Starting from Philosophies of Relationality


  • Louisa Bufardeci




Tacktical aesthetics, contemporary art, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Bracha Ettinger, Jean-François Lyotard, Brian Massumi, Erin Manning


Tacktical aesthetics is a propositional aesthetic language for an art that seeks to reinforce and reproduce values present in philosophies of relationality in place of those present in contemporary systems of domination. With this text I present some partial declarations about tacktical aesthetics that draw on Indigenous and feminist philosophies of relationality and on ideas of resingularization. As well as reflecting on the value of neologisms for this type of project, I discuss the various implications for tacktical aesthetics, including its relation to contemporary art and shock tactics, and the double bind that occurs when privileges inherent in contemporary art practices that reproduce or reinforce systems of domination are brought into question. The question that remains relates to how tacktical aesthetics might develop as an art practice.


Article received: April 17, 2020; Article accepted: July 6, 2020; Published online: October 15, 2020; Original scholarly paper

Author Biography

Louisa Bufardeci

Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne,

Louisa Bufardeci (1969) is a Melbourne-based artist and scholar. For over twenty years, she has created artwork for solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne, around Australia and internationally. She has received numerous grants and scholarships from private and public institutions to create work, attend residencies, and study abroad. She is currently completing a Ph.D. at VCA Art at the University of Melbourne in Australia.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.393 DOI: https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.393




How to Cite

Bufardeci, L. (2020). Tacktical Aesthetics: A Propositional Aesthetic Language Starting from Philosophies of Relationality. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (23), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.393



Main Topic: How to do Things with Speculative Pragmatism: Anthropocene, Aesthetics, Art