Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, her research enquiry focuses on the process of artistic endeavour, alongside models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved. Cocker’s work unfolds restlessly along the threshold between writing/art. Whilst embracing the potential of the essayistic (as a tentative effort or trial), her writing includes experimental, performative and collaborative approaches to producing texts parallel to and as art practice. Cocker's recent writing has been published in Failure, 2010; Stillness in a Mobile World, 2010; Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought, 2011; Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2012; Reading/Feeling (Affect), 2013; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013; and as a solo collection entitled The Yes of the No, 2016. She is currently a key-researcher on the project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, with the artistic research findings published as an accompanying artists' book/research compendium, 2017.

Event: Wandering and Waiting

I will be delivering a research seminar in April, which I hope to use as a space to tease out (and talk through) some of the questions and issues that have emerged in recent work. In this seminar I propose to explore the connections and tensions between research and practice within my own work, in order to open up a discussion about the symbiotic and complex relationship between these different modes of working and thinking. The intent is use the concrete example provided by a series of recent projects (2009-10) as a context against which to provoke a conversation around ideas of method, knowledge and the dilemmas faced by the artist-researcher.  Work referred to will include my ongoing collaboration with the project Open City, and a series of art-writing projects including a recent writing residency as part of The Summer of Dissent, at Plan 9 in Bristol. The seminar will also be marked by an informal launch of RITE, a publication bringing together the work of 19 art writers that enact expanded acts of criticism, question the essay form, use language as material and attempt to work the different ways that writing can be on or about new work.