Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield, UK, and a Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, her research addresses the endeavour of creative labour, focusing on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist or refuse the pressure of a single or stable position by remaining willfully unresolved. Not Yet There unfolds as an interdisciplinary, hybridized enquiry that operates restlessly along the threshold of writing/art, involving performative, collaborative and creative prose approaches to writing in dialogue with, parallel to and as art practice. Cocker's recent writing has been published in Failure, 2010; Stillness in a Mobile World, 2011; Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought, 2011; Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2012; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013, and Reading/Feeling, 2013. The Yes of the No is Cocker's first collection of writing (Site Gallery, 2016).

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Research Collaboration: Beyond the Line (Part 2)

Beyond the Line
Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil
Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
11 – 17 April 2014

In April, I will be collaboratively developing the 2nd phase of the pilot project Beyond the Line in Bonington Gallery, Nottingham. Beyond the Line is an international, interdisciplinary collaboration involving artist-writer Emma Cocker, artist Nikolaus Gansterer (Vienna) and choreographer Mariella Greil (Vienna), for exploring the points of slippage as the practices of drawing, dance and writing enter into dialogue, overlap and collide. Cocker, Gansterer and Greil will inhabit Bonington Gallery as an experimental ‘method laboratory’ for staging an encounter between choreography, drawing and writing; between body, mark and text. 

Beyond the Line is conceived as ‘test-bed’ for exploring collaborative methods for working between and beyond the disciplinary lines of drawing, dance and writing. Ideas and working processes emerging from Beyond the Line will be developed further as part of a 3-year collaborative research project between Cocker, Gansterer and Greil entitled Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line 2014 – 2017 (funded by the Austrian Program for Arts-based Research, PEEK). Glimpses of the unfolding ‘method laboratory’ will be made possible through a live-feed video stream that can be viewed in Bonington foyer. The ‘laboratory’ will also be open to the public at scheduled times where the artists will be ‘in-residence’ to share their working processes. Images - from Beyond the Line (Part 1), WUK, Vienna, December 2013