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.

(Un)conference: SARN - A space to process and resonate questions of form in Artistic Research


Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, a proposal for a practice-based research presentation (in collaboration with Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil) that will share and stage findings from our PEEK funded research project (of the same title) has been selected for inclusion in the forthcoming SARN interdisciplinary artistic research unconference. 

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A space to process and resonate questions of form in Artistic Research
Interdisciplinary artistic research unconference
 at HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design, organised by the Swiss Artistic Research Network &  HEAD Geneva, ECAV Sierre
, 6 November 2014 midday – 7 November 2014 midday.

Since artistic research has gained its official place in European art schools, there has been much reflection over its specific
 characteristics. The aim within this 24-hour unconference is to create a space that explores the relationship between format and project in the process 
of practising artistic research. How does our mode of presentation influence how our research projects resonate in their material and
with their audiences? Let’s examine the question of format in its aesthetic as well as its political dimensions
- reflect on the relationship between form and content
- make a space where things can happen
- question the epistemology of artistic research through the examination of the format as a theme:
What kind of knowledge does art produce and how is it communicated? During 24 hours, FROM MIDDAY TO MIDDAY, we will all be part of a larger time-based composition where artistic research is shown and explored through diverse activities. The subject will be approached with playfulness and a willingness to experiment. The symposium encourages projects that embed questions of time and space into the research itself.