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.

Text: Glimpsed, Only in Certain Light


The text below has been written in response to and in dialogue with the work of photographer Katja Hock, and will be published as part of her forthcoming exhibition Stille Fragmente at Djanogly Arts Gallery, Nottingham, September 2012. 

The text explores the woodland as a specific spatial, temporal and conceptual site of indeterminacy, a liminal territory (or power) with the capacity to offer the receptive initiate glimpses of an anti-structural or subjunctive realm, in moments where a deep ‘vertical’ register of affective, mnemonic or even poetic experience ruptures the horizontal surface of appearances, the illusory reality of what is habitually seen. The text addresses the affirmative possibilities of indeterminacy, whilst exploring tactics for seeing what cannot be seen; the means by which a chance encounter with something glimpsed can nonetheless be prepared for.