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 artistic processes and practices, 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 practice involves ‘contiguous writing’ — a mode of creative-critical writing that seeks to touch upon rather than being explicitly about. Her 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, The Yes of the No, 2016.

Workshop: Tacturiency (Summer Lodge)

During July, Clare Thorton and I have been developing work and ideas from within our ongoing collaboration, Tacturiency, as part of Summer Lodge, an annual workshop event in the fine art studios at Nottingham Trent University. The Summer Lodge workshop provided a context for us to develop the initial idea of 'studio/gallery as gymnasium' - a charged site for 'working out', for testing mind/body through a series of staged exercises. Sculptural components were conceived as a set of interlocking or modular apparatuses, points of leverage or provocation for a series of propositional performance actions. Photographic and time-based documents (including sound and video) were used as 'propositions', intimating towards both past and prospective action (how the space might be activated) in the absence of the live body. An archive of our ongoing enquiry can be viewed here.

Proposition for repeated action The Italic I (recursive loop) - this experimental body of work-in-progress (below) is one of the exercises that we were testing during Summer Lodge, emerging from our interest in the different registers of repeated action operative in the work - (1) as witnessed in the photographic capture of motion (as chronological or sequential frames); (2) in the similarity between images from different falls (difference and repetition); (3) as a form of recursivity - the production of feedback loops.

The Italic I is a modular body of work by Cocker + Thornton for exploring the different states of potential made possible through voluntarily surrendering to the event of a repeated fall. The gallery is approached as a gymnasium, a training space for rehearsing, isolating and interrogating distinct moments or stages within falling; for attempting to slow and extend the duration of falling in order to suspend and elaborate upon its discrete phases or scenes. Sculptural apparatuses create leverage against which a body dangles, tilts, arcs; performance documents operate as propositions evoking action, activating space in the live body’s absence.

With thanks to Christine Stevens and NTU studio assistants.