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 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. 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.

Collaboration: Tacturiency (at Summer Lodge)

Below are images from Tacturiency (a collaborative project that I am developing with Clare Thornton) produced in the context of a one-week 'residency' at Summer Lodge, NTU, 2012, with the excellent support/involvement of intern, Christine Stevens. Further documentation of Tacturiency at Summer Lodge can be found here

In Games of Resonance, Cocker and Thornton appear as operatives engaged in a series of opaque or ambiguous tasks, whose visual poetics reside somewhere between séance and shiftwork. The table becomes a conversational space for playing out the productive frictions and desired points of difficulty within collaboration, performed through a visual/gestural language that is heightened yet economic, minimal yet baroque.


Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, Game of Resonance (Soul Partition), 2012
Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, Game of Resonance (Soul Partition), 2012



Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, Game of Resonance (Torque of Collaboration), 2012
Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, Game of Resonance (Torque of Collaboration), 2012