Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Associate Professor in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University. Emma's research focuses on artistic processes and practices, and the performing of ‘thinking-in-action’ therein. Her practice unfolds restlessly along the threshold between writing/art, including experimental, performative and collaborative approaches, alongside a mode of ‘contiguous writing’ — a way of writing-with that seeks to touch upon rather than being explicitly about. Her writing is 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, 2013; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013; Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, 2017; The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice, and the solo collection, The Yes of the No, 2016. More recently, Emma trained to be a qualified yoga teacher, interested in how a heightened awareness of the body and breath, alongside meditation and attention practices, might be integrated into art-writing, artistic practice, pedagogy and research.

Publication: Pretentious Writings

Image: Emma Cocker, Glimpsed.

I have been invited to contribute to a new independent editorial project, Pretentious Writings #001

pretentious |priˈten ch əәs|
attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is
actually possessed
Origin mid 19th century from French  prétentieux, from  pretention.

Pretentious Writings is a new independent editorial project organized and edited by artist André Alves. Pretentious Writings emphasizes the crossing of meanings; how the modes/mediums of processing information and languages affects our understanding.  The project starts from Alves’ interest in the loss of meaning of the adjective pretentious in its migration from Latin to Anglo-Saxon languages. Pretentious Writings #001 will include visual or textual contributions (essays, poetry, short text, meta-text, concrete poetry…) from invited international writers, poets and artists: André Alves, Chris Reeves, Cynthia Gregory, João Pedro Trindade, Natália Calderon, Ricardo Castro, Eduardo Leitão, Diego Vites, Francesco Ventrella, Angelo Ferreira de Sousa, Virgínia Pinho, Emma Cocker, Valter Ventura, Maria Sottomayor, Danielle van Zuijlen, Patrick Coyle, Rui Silva