Emma Cocker is a writer-artist and Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, her research often addresses the endeavour of creative labour, focusing on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist or refuse the pressure of a single or stable position by remaining willfully unresolved. Not Yet There unfolds as an interdisciplinary, hybridized enquiry that operates restlessly along the threshold of writing/art, involving performative, collaborative and creative prose approaches to writing in dialogue with, parallel to and as art practice. Cocker's recent writing has been published in Failure, 2010; Stillness in a Mobile World, 2011; Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought, 2011; Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2012; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013, and Reading/Feeling, 2013.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Publication: Grafting / Propriety

I am currently working on a new text commissioned for the publication Grafting Propriety: From Stitch to the Drawn Line, by Danica Maier (Black Dog Publishing, 2015). Grafting Propriety showcases the work of Danica Maier whose artwork follows the domestic object and drawing, with a particular interest in stitch, textiles and the decorative. Using subtle slippages and moments of detail to transgress propriety the artist questions the role of the object as well as the role of women in relation to labour. Grafting Propriety explores how textile agendas can be addressed without the use of the material, for example how textile methodology can be recreated in drawing and the drawn stitched line. 

My text will address various ideas around repetition. This research and writing has connections to the current work I am engaged in with Clare Thornton (as part of the project The Italic I, where we are currently working on a text entitled The Italic I: How Repeating Repeats - on the Differential and the Interval Between) and my involvement in the research project Weaving Codes / Coding Weaves.

Event + Writing: Margins of Indeterminacy

Exhibition Tour
Agnieska Polska and Raphael Hefti
17th December 2014: 6pm - 6.45pm

I have been invited to explore both exhibitions – Agnieska Polska and Raphael Hefti - through the prism of my own research interests, in relation to the process of practice and of ‘not knowing’. My introduction will focus around the idea of ‘Margins of Indeterminacy’ drawing also on a text I have recently produced for Camera Austria, responding to Hefti’s work in the current exhibition. A version of the text can be read below.

Raphael Hefti, installation view of Raw Draw at RaebervonStenglin, 2014. 
Courtesy the artist and RaebervonStenglin

Friday, 5 December 2014

Publication/Writing: Writing Beyond Resurrection

I have been commissioned to produce a text for a forthcoming publication by Compass Live Art, where seven artists and writers have been invited to contribute a short provocation each exploring different aspects of Live Art. My text provisionally entitled ‘Writing Beyond Resurrection’, explores ideas around live-ness and writing (or even language more broadly), provoked by the live encounter with various works in the recent Compass Live Art festival. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Symposium: Another Athens

Space in the City / Space and the City
The Place is the Space / The Space is the Place
Text and the City
4th December / 10am – 5pm /
Forest Centre Plus / 38 Castle Terrace / Edinburgh / EH3 9JD

City as a phantom, a vanishing point, a translucent archipelago.
Another city, unlike any other.
A shadow of a collected thought, a tactile memory constructed in grainy aggregate.

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium invites speakers to investigate the city, its space(s) and how its people interact with it on a daily basis: the city as a score, the imaginary city, strategies of drift and assemblage. The range of speakers, from within and without the arts and literature, will reflect the rich polyphony of views which span experience and interpretation of the city.

The symposium, organised in conjunction with Forest Centre+ & Interview Room 11, is an annexe of the wider project  Another Athens, which is a collaborative multi-platform project that explores the experience of the inhabitants of a city informed by their personal attachment to a place in the context of its intellectual and cultural heritage. The project consists of a text-based collaborative art work that will be translated into both an online interactive structure, and a gallery-based exhibition with building projections, accompanied by an artist film screening, a symposium and an artistic exchange initiative between artists and writers in Edinburgh and Athens, Greece.

LIST OF PRESENTERS: Neil Grey / Yasmin Ali / Gerry Smith / Jane Hyslop / Patty Flint / Nick-e Melville / Emma Cocker / Amir Berbic / Sophia Lycouris / Katalin Hausel / Michael Gallagher / Roselyne Burger / Peter Burnett / Mirja Koponen