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 wilfully unresolved. Cocker’s work unfolds restlessly along the threshold between writing/art. Whilst embracing the potential of the essayistic (as a tentative effort or trial), her writing includes 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; and as a solo collection entitled The Yes of the No, 2016. She is currently a key-researcher on the project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, with the artistic research findings published as an accompanying artists' book/research compendium, 2017.

Presentation: Kairotic Practice


I will be giving a presentation on the 21st March at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, London as part of an event organised by live-coders Thor Magnusson and Alex McleanThe event is an introductory, cross-disciplinary research symposium, with the aim to provide rich context for live coding research, which will include talks by myself, Nick Collins (Reader in Composition, University of Durham) and and Alexandra Cardenas (University of the Arts, Berlin). Full details soon. Register at the event here.

My presentation will draw on my article Live Notation: Reflections on a Kairotic Practice, which will be published very soon in a forthcoming issue of Performance Research. In this article, I develop (amongst other things) the term ‘kairotic coding’ to describe the ‘occasionality’ of live coding, conceiving it as a practice alert to whilst simultaneously intent on developing a language to articulate the live circumstances of its own making. This research forms part of a broader and ongoing enquiry in which I am considering the 'enquiring of the enquiry' or the endeavour of artistic endeavour as a form of technĂ©, a tactical knowledge fusing the principles of mĂȘtis (cunning intelligence) and kairos (opportune timing).