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.

Project: MOVING // DIALOGUE


Reintroducing the idea of plurality, for contemporary culture hailing from modernity, means inventing ways of being together […] the most pressing thing is no longer the emancipation of individuals, but the freeing-up of inter-human communications, the dimensional emancipation of existence. Nicolas Bourriaud

I have been invited to participate in a pilot residency entitled MOVING // DIALOGUE: Modes of Being (Together) curated and conceived by choreographer Sara Wookey. The residency will take place in late August in Athens as a framework for collectively exploring: Moving // mixing and circulating; Improvising // imagination, participation, adaptation; Eating // environments and inter-action; Dialoguing // social interstices, interlocutors and states of encounter; Materialising // making and sharing from doing. Sara's invitation was to a small group of international, interdisciplinary practitioners and researchers, each of whom she has known for more than 10 years and had the opportunity to collaborate with on different projects some adhoc and small-scale and others more planned and public facing; some one-off and others on-going. More about this project soon.