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.

Project/Event: Invitation Only

Below are some images of the Invitation Only…  project at the Sideshow Book Fair on 30th October 2010. Invitation Only… brings together a series of book works, pamphlets, readers, scores – that operate at the level of the invitational, instructional or propositional, as potential provocations or departure points prompting future action or enquiry. For the Sideshow Book Fair these works remain invitations only: they ask to be perused, used and engaged with as part of the live event itself. Certain items may be purchased after the event: an exchange of goods is made possible only through the conditions set by an initial exchange of conversation. Invitation Only…  is a platform for presenting and engaging discussion around a body of work produced and curated by artists and writers including David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker and Marit Münzberg.

Image includes Emma Cocker's Field Proposals and Re-Reader (a collaboration with Rachel Lois Clapham, designed by Marit Munzberg - see detailed images below); Rachel Lois Clapham's (W)reading Performance Writing No.2 (Sideshow Book Fair), Achim Lengerer's Scriptings and WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS KEEPING IT MOVING, a one day exhibition by David Berridge.

Invitation Only was followed by a discussion event entitled R.S.V.P

R.S.V.P (Répondez, S'il Vous Plaît)

Presentation/Discussion. 6.30 pm, One Thoresby Street
Commissioned by The Book Mobile Project, a YH485 Press project for Sideshow

This event extended the ideas proposed within Invitation Only… by bringing together a number of invited speakers to address ideas relating to invitational, instructional or propositional forms of writing, text and language through the specificity of their own practices. Speakers include Emma Cocker, David Berridge and Achim Lengerer. R.S.V.P was presented in conjunction with a performance of Lengerer’s MODELS FOR REHEARSING THE SCRIPT curated by David Berridge.

Below is an information sheet with more details about the events Invitation Only and R.S.V.P

Invitation Only