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.

Events: Writing/Performance


I will be participating in a series of LADA Study Room Sessions (organised by Maddie Costa, Diana Damian and Mary Paterson) that aim to explore, rethink and rename a writing practice that emerges from performance. This writing might be in tension with performance, or in conversation, or might forget it altogether. It is loosely associated with criticism, documentation, poetry and conceptual art, and might be all or none of these things. We don’t have a history for it, although it is rooted in traditions. We don’t have a place for it, although it appears everywhere. We don’t have a name for it, but could christen it with you. The three events, organised in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency, will approach this writing from three directions: How do we write? Who do we write for? What comes next?