Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, her 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 willfully unresolved. Cocker’s work unfolds restlessly along the threshold between writing/art, often involving experimental, collaborative and performative approaches to writing in dialogue with, parallel to and as art practice. Her 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, and On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013, and as a collection entitled The Yes of the No, 2016. She is currently co-researcher on the project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, 2014 – 2017.

Conference: Fall narratives


Extending the concerns of Tacturiency (my ongoing collaboration with Clare Thornton), our proposed conference paper, The Italic I, has been accepted for the forthcoming conference on falling. In this proposed practice-based paper we explore the different states of potential made possible through voluntarily surrendering to the event of a repeated fall.

Fall narratives: an interdisciplinary perspective
18th-19th June 2014, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

The conference will examine the concept of the Fall across arange of disciplines and languages. The temporal scope extends from antiquity to contemporary times. Potential topics include:

Moral and philosophical Falls; Fall of angels (and demons); Religious falls; Literary falls; Cinematic falls; Contemporary falls: in finances, politics, media, sports, entertainment; Fall of empires: historical, economical, cultural; Fall of regimes; Fall of ideologies, ideas, world views, political/ religious movements; The linguistics of falling; The psychology of falling.