Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Associate Professor in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, Cocker's research focuses on artistic processes and practices, and the performing of ‘thinking-in-action’ emerging therein; on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved. Her mode of working unfolds restlessly along the threshold between writing/art, including experimental, performative and collaborative approaches to producing texts parallel to and as art practice. Cocker's practice involves ‘contiguous writing’ — a mode of creative-critical writing that seeks to touch upon rather than being explicitly about. Her 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; Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, 2017; The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice, and as a solo collection, The Yes of the No, 2016.

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