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.

New work: Close Reading (Feeling it for You)


Tests from a series of new ‘Close Readings’ generated from my experience as ‘Seer-in-Residence’ (see posts below). The texts encountered during my residency included: Roland Barthes, ‘The Metaphor of the Eye’, from Georges Bataille, The Story of Eye; Catherine Clémente, ‘Syncope’s Strategies, from Syncope: The Philosophy of Rapture; Hélène Cixous, ‘Writing Blind’, from Stigmata: Escaping Texts; Luce Irigaray, ‘To perceive the invisible in you’, from To Be Two. The second 'close reading' draws on a sentence from Cixous' Writing Blind, "Answer: the text needs the paper. It is in the contact with the sheet of paper that sentences emerge", which seems especially pertinent to the concerns of my Close Readings.
 
Emma Cocker, Close Reading, (L.I.T.B.T)

Emma Cocker, Close Reading, (H.C.W.B)