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.

Symposium: Another Athens

Space in the City / Space and the City
The Place is the Space / The Space is the Place
Text and the City
4th December / 10am – 5pm /
Forest Centre Plus / 38 Castle Terrace / Edinburgh / EH3 9JD

City as a phantom, a vanishing point, a translucent archipelago.
Another city, unlike any other.
A shadow of a collected thought, a tactile memory constructed in grainy aggregate.

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium invites speakers to investigate the city, its space(s) and how its people interact with it on a daily basis: the city as a score, the imaginary city, strategies of drift and assemblage. The range of speakers, from within and without the arts and literature, will reflect the rich polyphony of views which span experience and interpretation of the city.

The symposium, organised in conjunction with Forest Centre+ & Interview Room 11, is an annexe of the wider project  Another Athens, which is a collaborative multi-platform project that explores the experience of the inhabitants of a city informed by their personal attachment to a place in the context of its intellectual and cultural heritage. The project consists of a text-based collaborative art work that will be translated into both an online interactive structure, and a gallery-based exhibition with building projections, accompanied by an artist film screening, a symposium and an artistic exchange initiative between artists and writers in Edinburgh and Athens, Greece.

LIST OF PRESENTERS: Neil Grey / Yasmin Ali / Gerry Smith / Jane Hyslop / Patty Flint / Nick-e Melville / Emma Cocker / Amir Berbic / Sophia Lycouris / Katalin Hausel / Michael Gallagher / Roselyne Burger / Peter Burnett / Mirja Koponen