Work in progress: A new text-based web work emerging from the collaborative project The Italic I with Clare Thornton, developed with Dane Watkins. In this work, we present our 16 stage textual lexicon devised for reflecting on the arc of a repeated fall as a slow moving graphic, periodically interrupted by additional moments of textual and visual annotation. The lexicon comprises the following categories: Testing (the) ground — setting up the conditions; Opening attempt — warming and flexing; Entering the arc — trust, twist, torque; A commitment made — working against impulse; Voluntary vertigo — ilinx, inclination; Becoming diagonal — the italic I; Touching limits — tilt towards (the other); Embodiment/disembodiment — mind body partition; Formless — horizontality; Letting go — a liquid state; Ecstatic impotency — the jouissance of impuissance; Folding of attention — a heightened subjectivity; Gravity/levity — striking the right balances; Breathless — ventilating the idea; Voluptuous recovery — return, yet charged; Recalibrate … loop — desire to repeat. More on this project to follow soon.
- emma cocker
- 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.