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.

Book Launch and Lecture: The Yes of the No



Tuesday 24 January, 6.30 PM – 8 PM
Site Gallery, Sheffield

Emma Cocker, The Yes of the No
Book launch — with a reading at 7 PM
Join Site for the book launch and a reading of The Yes of the No, the first collection of writing by Emma Cocker (published by Site Gallery, 2016). Existing in the space between imaginative proposition and a call to action, The Yes of
 the No is an assemblage of provocations, proposals and potential ways of operating
 — ranging from navigating the city and inhabiting the margins to errant acts of reading; from preparing for the unexpected 
to learning how to ‘not know’, from minor acts of singular sedition to collective expressions of an insurgent ‘we’.



Tuesday 24 January, 4.30 PM – 6 PM
Sheffield Hallam University, Pennine Theatre, City Campus
Transmission Lecture
Prior to the book launch, Emma Cocker will give a lecture about the wider context of her practice as a writer-artist, as part of the Transmission Lecture Series, a series of free art lectures produced by Site Gallery in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University’s Fine Art Department.