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, 20 September 2014

Research: Weaving Codes - Coding Weaves


From 5 - 11 October I will be in Denmark (Copenhagen and then Aarhus) participating in the first phase of the research project Weaving Codes – Coding Weaves. The project will unfold through conversations, presentations and the sharing of practice through a Threads and Modelling Workshop at the Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen, followed by workshops at the University of Aarhus. With Ellen Harlizius-Kl├╝ck, Alex McLean, Dave Griffith, Geoff Cox, Eva Andersson Strand, Giovanni Fanfani and Flavia Carraro.

Publication: The Yes of the No




I am currently working on a publication drawing together selected fragments of my writing produced in dialogue with, parallel to and as art practice (from between 2007 — 2014). The publication, entitled The Yes of the No takes the form of a series of single-page prose(-poem) paragraphs, which might be read in sequence or else approached in the singular. Each page-paragraph is conceived as implicitly connected to others, yet with an identity (and name) of its own:

(1) TO BUILD YOU HAVE TO BUILD; (2) THE YES OF THE NO; (3) COME ON; (4) ON AND ON; (5) STEPS TOWARDS DANCING SOLO; (6) BECOMING THE CAUSE; (7) IF EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DONE THEN WHAT IS LEFT?; (8) PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED; (9) MAKE DO; (10) KNOW YOUR LIMITS; (11) EMBODY KNOWLEDGE; (12) FALL BENEATH THE RADAR; (13) AM I BOTHERED?; (14) GOING OVERBOARD; (15) BEING IN TWO MINDS; (16) WITHOUT RHYME OR REASON; (17) BIDE YOUR TIME; (18) OPTING IN; (19) HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL; (20) BETWEEN THE WATER AND THE WIND; (21) HELMSMAN’S KNOWLEDGE; (22) RECALIBRATION; (23) LIFE AS GYMNASIUM; (24) HOW A CITY FEELS; (25) LOOKING FOR LOOPHOLES; (26) NAVIGATING LIMITS; (27) FOLD / UNFOLD; (28) CONTIGUITY; (29) GOOD COMPANY; (30) APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR; (31) GLIMPSES OF WHAT IF; (32) NOT THE SAME AS; (33) WALK; (34) STOP; (36) OBSERVE; (37) FOLLOW; (38) FEEL; (39) TRACE; (40) STILL; (41) WAIT; (42) BREAK; (43) GROUP; (44) SOCIAL ASSEMBLAGE; (45) GUIDE AGAINST GUIDES; (46) SKIRTING THE CENTRE; (47) BEATING THE BOUNDS; (48) AS NEEDS MUSTER; (49) KNOWLEDGE OF THE MARGINS; (50) TARRY; (51) REHEARSING SPACES; (52) FINDING THE GAPS; (53) ON BEING LEFT OPEN; (54) THE (NEW) ORDER OF THE DAY; (55) GET INVOLVED; (56) FIND OTHER MEANS; (57) DRIFT; (58) GLEAN; (59) BE GUILEFUL; (60) BETWEEN YOU AND ME; (61) STEPPING TOWARDS STEPPING AWAY; (62) ON NOT KNOWING; (64) PREPARING FOR THE UNEXPECTED; (65) READINESS; (66) SEEING SHADOWS; (67) BEING OPEN; (68) VOLUNTARY VERTIGO; (69) MOVES TOWARDS THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE WILD; (70) NOT ONLY WHAT IT IS NOT; (71) KNOWING HOW TO NOT KNOW; (72) STILL UNRESOLVED; (73) INTO THE FRAY; (74) AS IT IS; (75) OTHER TO THE WORLD OF THINGS AND FORMS; (76) SUSPENDED SENTENCES; (77) CLOSER READING; (78) PLUMBING THE DEPTHS; (79) PRACTICED LIVING; (80) CAPACITY BUILDING; (81)RESISTANCE TRAINING; (82) MEMORIZATION; (83) REPEATING NOT REPEATING; (84) EXTRA-SENSORY; (85) PERCEPTION; (86) VIGILANCE; (87) SEEING BEYOND THE VISIBLE; (88) MAKING THINGS DISAPPEAR; (89) ELECTIVE ELASTICITY; (90) DELIQUESCENCE; (91) MEDIAL REFLEXIVE; (92) AS LONG AS; (93) QUICK OF THE SLOW; (94) TEST OF NERVE; (95) THIS AND THAT; (96) OUR OWN PRIVATE UNIVERSE; (97) FALSE ALIBI; (98) LAG; (99) MAKING ROOM FOR MANOEUVRE; (100) WEAVE; (101) THE FABRIC OF TIME; (102) UNFIXITY.

Beginning with a meditation on the affirmative potential of ‘no’ and on the dissident capacity of yes-saying as a species of refusal, The Yes of the No advocates different models of daily practice (even exercises or askesis) through which to perform life in the subjunctive key of what might be, rather than by the law and logic of what already is. Existing in the space between imaginative proposition and a call to action, The Yes of the No is a compendium of provocations, propositions and potential tactics, inviting the reader to explore other ways of operating — ranging from navigating the city and inhabiting the margins to errant acts of reading; from preparing for the unexpected to learning how to ‘not know’, from minor acts of singular sedition to collective expressions of an insurgent ‘we’.