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.

Performance Festival: Open

Selected 'chapters' of the performance-lecture Drawing on Drawing a Hypothesis, a collaboration with Nikolaus Gansterer, will be presented as part of this performance festival on 10th May, 


PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL "OPEN", 10 May 2014
A dense program of performances, lectures, screenings and concerts discussing new formats of performance art at MUMOK - Hofstallung, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria with contributions by Marina Abramovic, bad weather report, Nikolaus Gansterer & Emma Cocker, Sabina Holzer & Jack Hauser, Kozek-Hörlonski & Sir Meisi, Krassimira Kruschkova, Alfred Lenz, Martina Menegon & Stefano D’Alessio, Peter Regner, Barbis Ruder, Anna Vasof, Brigitte Wilfing. Organized by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and curated by Peter Kozek &  Brigitte Wilfing. More about the programme here.

The full video work from Drawing on Drawing a Hypothesis will also be shown as part of:
Inventing Temperature,  25 June - 2 August 2014 at the KCC London / UK.
This exhibition is not about the history of science. It departs from a simple but complex question that is raised by a genealogical investigation into the particular history of science by a philosopher of science, Hasok Chang, in Inventing Temperature. What is temperature? And how can we measure it accurately? In his deconstructive investigation, Chang makes a simple but definitive move from asking how to measure temperature to questioning how the very notion of measuring temperature was invented in the age of reason. By sharing Changs strategic move, this exhibition invites ten contemporary artists whose practices have questioned the ground on which a specific notion of knowledge has been sustained. In unravelling the complex web of relations that has governed the modern system of knowledge production, these artists call the notion of science as truth-keeper into question in order to open up new possibilities for understanding the world. Moreover, this exhibition aims to expand the question of temperature and go beyond the discipline of the philosophy of science. To have a temperature is one of the most concrete signs of a living being. Therefore, rethinking temperature is to rethink the very conditions of all those living by going beyond anthropocentric perspective of the world. With artistic contributions by Nikolaus Gansterer in collaboration with Emma Cocker, Lucy Powell, Kyung Roh Bannwart, Seung Jun Lee, Hyerin Oh, Chosil Kil, Jooyeon Park, Hwayeon Nam, Suhee Kim. Curated by Jeyun Moon.