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.

Event: Loitering with Intent


I was in Stockholm from 5 – 9 March, attending the conference Loitering with Intent: A Feast of Research and the Society of Artistic Research AGM. Loitering with Intent (5 – 7 March) brought together Stockholm University of the Arts and the Society for Artistic Research to explore formats for sharing knowledge that emerge from artistic research practices. The Loitering with Intent conference foregrounded performative modes of exposing practice as research, celebrating the fragile balance between sensory, situated and spoken forms of knowledge. Invited artists included: Henrik Agger, Louise Bjurholm, Magnus Bärtås, Nils Claesson, Florian Dombois, Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, Paul Landon, Brita Lemmens, Tero Nauha, Kirsi Nevanti, Poste Restante, Michael Schwab, Koen Vanmechelen, Magnus William Olsson, Rasmus Ölme.
This event has provided an impetus for me to finally start archiving some of my own research within the Society for Artistic Research online catalogue, a purpose built repository for international artistic research. To date, I have started ‘expositions’ for my Close Reading/Live Writing projects and also for the collaborative research undertaken with Open City. More to follow soon.