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 focuses on the process of artistic exploration and the performing of ‘thinking-in-action’ emerging therein; on 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.

Research Pavilion, Venice 2019

I have been invited to be part of the forthcoming Research Pavilion in the context of the Venice Biennale 2019, as part of a research ‘cell’ developed by Alex Arteaga entitled Through Phenomena Themselves: Exploring new possibilities of mutual enhancement between artistic and phenomenological research practices.

About the Research Pavilion
 The University of the Arts Helsinki brings the issues of artistic research to the context of the Venice Biennale, through its 3rd Research Pavilion in Venice in 2019. Uniarts Helsinki’s Research Pavilion highlights the points of view of artistic research in the context of the world’s best-known contemporary art event in spring and summer 2019. Set up now for the third time, the Research Pavilion has cemented its position as the focal point in artistic research, drawing international artists and researchers to Venice every two years.

With the Research Pavilion, Uniarts Helsinki offers a platform for thinking, discussion and collaboration arising from artistic research. This time, the Pavilion’s programme is focused around international research cells. Almost fifty artist-researchers in seven research cells will participate in an almost year-long process where the themes and programme of the Research Pavilion will sprout and take shape in joint discussions. 

“The Research Pavilion brings together researching artists from different countries. This creates a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. The starting point is the collaboration stemming from the operations of the research cells and the themes taking shape during the process, including human impact on the environment and the varied methods of artistic research,” Mika Elo and Henk Slager, the convenors of the Pavilion explain.

“There are no simple solutions to the complicated global challenges we face today. Art and artistic research introduce new perspectives on phenomena that would otherwise be hard to grasp. Uniarts Helsinki is a pioneer of artistic research, and we want to actively create international networks in the field”, says Jari Perkiömäki, Rector at Uniarts Helsinki.

The Research Pavilion will operate from May to the end of August 2019. As in previous years, the Research Pavilion will take place at the old monastery Sala del Camino, a charming oasis on Giudecca, some distance away from the masses of the biennale.

The Research Pavilion is an ongoing project created and hosted by Uniarts Helsinki. Research Pavilion #3 is created in cooperation with the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation and international partner institutions. The main partners are Aalto University, Valand Academy of Arts at the University of Gothenburg, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Interlab Hongik University Seoul, and Taipei National University of the Arts.

Research cells and Switchboard
The Research Pavilion #3 project proceeds towards the high season in Venice through a series of research cell assemblies in September 2018, November 2018, and February 2019. A group of international experts – Esa Kirkkopelto, Sunjung Kim, Ellen J Røed, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger and Giaco Schiesser – have been invited to facilitate this self-reflective and collaborative process. Due to its decisive role in articulating interconnections between the Research Cells, this group of experts is called the Switchboard.

Research cells in the Research Pavilion project
Cemetry Archipelago: On the imaginaries of human and non-human death
Disruptive Processes + Artistic Intelligence Research Alternator AIRA
Territories :: Dialects
Through Phenomena Themselves: Exploring new possibilities of mutual enhancement between artistic and phenomenological research practices
Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil & Insects among Us

Read more at www.researchpavilion.fi

Lecture and Workshop: Being in the Midst

Emma Cocker, Score Propositions
(Experimental Reading) from No Telos, Venice, 2017
Original photograph: Elle Reynolds

Between 29 - 31 October I will be giving a lecture and leading a 2-day workshop called Being in the Midst: Per-forming Thinking-in-Action, the Kunst Musikk Design Faculty of Arts [kmd] in Bergen, Norway.
Drawing on recent projects, I propose to explore different artistic practices and approaches that are reflexively alert and attentive to the live circumstances – or occasionality - of their own processual production: the thinking-in-action, the kairos of decision-making, the moments of knowing and of not knowing, the navigation of competing forces, of working with and through obstacles or of figuring something out.