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.

Publication and exhibition: Materials of Resistance


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My text ‘One Versed in the Alchemy of What If’ has been published in the exhibition catalogue accompanying Materials of Resistance by Clare Thornton at Plymouth Arts Centre. Exploring recurring themes and issues within Thornton’s work, the catalogue comprises contextual and experimental texts by writers/artists Phil Owen, Emma Cocker, Conor Wilson, Heike Roms and Natalie Raven. Designed by Jono Lewarne at City Edition Studio. An edition of 400 at £15 available here.

A monitor-based version of The Italic I (a body of work developed in collaboration with Clare Thornton) was also staged as part of Materials of Resistance. A review of the exhibition can be read here.