Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Associate Professor in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, Cocker's research focuses on the process of artistic exploration and the performing of ‘thinking-in-action’ emerging therein; on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved. Her mode of working unfolds restlessly along the threshold between writing/art, including 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; Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, 2017; The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice, and as a solo collection entitled The Yes of the No, 2016.

Event: What/how is critical?

Thursday 9th September
Eastside Projects, Birmingham

What (how) is critical?
The first in a series of ESP events using writing to generate discussion, I have been invited to respond to the question, ‘What is critical?’ with reference to Irit Rogoff's text 'From Criticism to Critique to Criticality'.
I am hoping to use the session to 'open up' a conversation for exploring the critical as the 'gap' or mode of attention produced between crisis and receptivity, rupture and affirmation.