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: On Not Knowing in Advance: Thinking on/with the Page – Writing’s Emergence


I have been invited by Tine Noergaard, Assoc. Professor & Architect to present a lecture within the context of a seminar programme Critical Written Reflection at the Aarhus School of Architecture

15 April 2015
Aarhus School of Architecture
Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Denmark


My lecture will build on a previous presentation delivered last year within the School of Architecture, entitled On Not Knowing: Writing in Dialogue with, Parallel to and as Practice. Specifically, I want to use this presentation to reflect on my own relation to writing and its emergence, focusing on those forms of written expression where the content or ideas within are not already known or pre-determined in advance, but rather emerge live or synchronous to the situation that they seek to articulate or give expression to, moreover, through a practical working-with of language itself. The lecture will touch on various concerns: on the importance of not knowing and uncertainty within creative practice; on the potentiality of the fragment, distillation and extraction; on poetic language as a mode of thinking with-and-through or for articulation without direct explication; on writing as both a material and temporal practice.