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: Live Notation

I have been invited by Hester Reeve to attend the Live Notation Unit’s symposium at Arnolfini, with the view to producing some new writing. I am enviging that this might help me develop some ideas in relation to my current research in relation to drawing’s (notation’s) speculative and constitutive potential, and the possibility of critical subjectivity and knowledge produced therein, where I have been thinking about drawing as a form of techné and the kairotic potential (or opportune timing) of such a practice. Drawing on philosopher Antonio Negri’s writing on ‘kairos’, I am currently interrogating drawing’s knowledge as a kairotic event, as the restless instant where naming (drawing) and the thing named (drawn) attain co-existence (in time).


Live artists and live coders, working towards live notation

27th July 2012
Arnolfini, Bristol BS1 4QA
Symposium and performances

The Live Notation Unit (LNU) takes over the Arnolfini for a day using its spaces as an experimental laboratory in which to combine two radical performance practices: Live Art and Live Coding. The LNU will approach programming as performance art, performance art notation as code, code as speech, bodies as interpreters, and more.
On the menu are improvisational sound works (where computer code and the artists’ bodies become instruments), site-specific time based art works (where notation becomes the ‘piece’ as opposed to its recording device) and a series of position papers proposing what the LNU’s new term “live notation” might signify.

Bringing together Sam Aaron, Geoff Cox, Yuen Fong Ling, Dave Griffiths, Alex McLean, Brigid Mcleer, Thor Magnusson, Click Nilson, Hester Reeve, Kate Sicchio, Andre Stitt, Maria X, and Matthew Yee-King.

For more information and a preliminary programme, please the Live Notation Unit website:

Below is my text written in response to the Live Notation Unit event.