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.

Publication: Pretentious Writing



Pretentious Writings is interested in the crossing of meanings, how the modes/mediums of processing information and languages affects understanding. Pretentious Writings invited artists working with text or interested in thinking as a form of artistic medium, for sensing in their approaches how the issues of translation, conversion, and meaning formation are embedded into visual strategies. Pretentious Writings has gathered multiple diverse authorial contributions into a non-pretentious publication with a format that is part fanzine, part feel of a gathering of friends.

André Alves (ed.), Ângelo Ferreira de Sousa, Chris Reeves, Cynthia Gregory, Danielle van Zuijlen, Diego Vites, Eduardo Leitão, Emma Cocker, Francesco Ventrella, Maria Sottomayor, Natalie Calderón, Not-Wolf, Patrick Coyle, Ricardo Castro, Valter Ventura