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.

Talk: Between Affect and Concept

Between Affect and Concept: Dialogues between art and philosophy
6th February 2012
Nottingham Trent University


Drawing on examples from within her own research practice, Not Yet There, writer and artist Emma Cocker will discuss how she has brought art and philosophy into dialogue within her work. For Cocker, individual texts become used as testing spaces for bringing philosophy tentatively into the proximity of art practice: in Performing Stillness the act of collective stillness is explored through the prism of a Deleuzian-Spinozist philosophy; in Moves Towards the Incomprehensible Wild, Alain Badiou’s Being and Event shapes the vocabulary for discussing the criticality of the endeavour or 'enquiring' of art practice, whilst in her recent writing, Antonio Negri’s conceptualization of kairos forms the basis for considering the process of drawing in relation to the production and emergence of a critical subject.