Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Associate Professor in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University. Emma's research focuses on artistic processes and practices, and the performing of ‘thinking-in-action’ therein. Her practice unfolds restlessly along the threshold between writing/art, including experimental, performative and collaborative approaches, alongside a mode of ‘contiguous writing’ — a way of writing-with that seeks to touch upon rather than being explicitly about. Her writing is 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, 2013; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013; Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, 2017; The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice, and the solo collection, The Yes of the No, 2016. More recently, Emma trained to be a qualified yoga teacher, interested in how a heightened awareness of the body and breath, alongside meditation and attention practices, might be integrated into art-writing, artistic practice, pedagogy and research.

Writing/Publication: Edge of Europe

I have been commissioned to produce a new piece of writing/text for a publication to be published later this year by Edge of Europe project. The writing will be developed specifically in the context of the Writing, Language and Site seminar programme that is part of this year’s ANTI festival in Kuopio.

Edge of Europe is a digital, social and experimental project in the areas of performance and writing. The project explores the artistic and critical possibilities of writing and other forms of textual work in their relation to contemporary performance.

The main concern of the project is in the role of live performance in the current society. However, it looks ‘performance’ widely through performance art, Live Art, contemporary theatre and dance, contemporary visual art, literature, media art and beyond. The project results as meetings, texts in web and different traditional media, new connections of artists, writers and operators, writing and performance laboratories, seminars, presentations and performances.

Edge of Europe includes professional exchange and development of knowledge on contextualization practices, artistic writing and innovations that combine writing and performance. Its nature is collaborative, experimental and interdisciplinary. Edge of Europe celebrates opening up possibilities in writing about and for performance, not closing them down.

The project is a part of Kiasma Theatre's (Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland) activity 2008-2010. It is designed and coordinated by artist Maija Hirvanen. 2009-2010 Edge of Europe has been funded by Nordic Culture Point