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.

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