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 about, 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.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The Yes of the No!


My text, The Yes of the No!, was launched on 9th October at Plan 9 as part of their final event marking the closure of The Summer of Dissent. The text is the culmination of a writing residency undertaken during the Summer in Bristol in conjunction with the Summer of Dissent. Drawing on my discussions with artists involved in the programme, alongside my experiences of participating in many of the events (from witnessing Debord's Game of War to crafting a bow and arrow in the woods with Girl Gang), the text provides a framework and overview of the themes, concerns and issues raised by the Summer of Dissent and its participants. I hope to reflect on the value of the 'thinking space' provided by this kind of residency model in relation to my practice as an art-writer in a forthcoming article for a-n (as one of their commissions on critical writing).






The text is structured around the following chapter headings:
The Yes of the No!
First “Steps towards dancing solo”
Second “Becoming the cause”
Third If everything has been done, then what is left?”
Fourth Prepare for the unexpected”
Fifth “Make do”
Sixth “Know your limits”
Seventh “Embody knowledge”
Eighth “Fall beneath the radar”
Ninth “Am I bothered?”
Tenth “Going overboard”
Eleventh “Being in two minds”
Twelfth Without rhyme or reason”
Thirteenth “Bide your time”
Fourteenth “Opting in”
Fifteenth Hope springs eternal”

Below are a series of images of the publication: