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 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. 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 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; Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, 2017; The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice, and as a solo collection entitled The Yes of the No, 2016.

Publication: Vitality Gestures and Embodied Diagrammatics






In the midst of ‘gestures of (re)searching’: intense reading-wording-dialoguing-transcribing-discussing-writing. During the Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations of the Line Winter Lab (Vienna, Tanzquartier), we - myself, Mariella Greil and Nikolaus Gansterer - are working together to develop content for a book chapter entitled Choreo-graphic Figures: Vitality Gestures and Embodied Diagrammatics, for inclusion in the forthcoming publication Body Diagrams (eds.) Irene Mittelberg and Alexander Gerner (2017).  The chapter develops from a paper that we presented at the conference Body Diagrams: On the Epistemic Kinetics of Gesture back in 2014. In the first part of this residency, we have been developing ideas (developed in previous labs around the relation of 'figuring' and the 'figure' through reading and discussion. The second phase shifts to the Method lab space (see below) at Tanzquartier where we will continue to explore through practicing together.

Choreographic Figures: Vitality Gestures and Embodied Diagrammatics
Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil
Abstract
Drawing on the artistic research project Choreographic Figures: Deviations from the Line (2014 — 2017), this chapter explores how we have practiced a shift within our collaboration from the disciplinary gestures of drawing, writing and choreography towards the aesthetic-epistemological gesture of artistic (re)searching, to give tangible articulation to the pre-gestural register of ‘vitality forces and affects’ (which we call figuring) operating before, between and beneath the more readable gestures of artistic practice. Bringing our practice-as-research into dialogue with theory (including Brandstetter, Flusser, Manning, Massumi, Sabisch, Stern) we reflect on our own attempt to render communicable the dynamic experience of figuring within the creative process, through the production of (choreographic) figures, an expanded system of vitality gestures and embodied diagrammatics.
Key words: aesthetic episteme; attention; embodied diagrammatics; figure; figuring; notation; practice-as-research; praxis; prenoetic; vitality gestures

During this phase of the lab I will be working with Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil alongside Lilia Mestre and Werner Mobius, to further develop the vocabulary around Radical Scores of Attention initiated in the Summer Method Lab. We will be presenting some of our work in progress on Saturday 12th December at Tanzquartier, from 1700 - 1900.