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.

Paper : Re — (regarding, again and again)

Re — (regarding, again and again) was presented as part of a panel Performance Writing (with Emily OrleyKatja Hilevaara and Johanna Linsley) within Performing Documents, a conference at Arnolfini hosted by the University of Bristol, 12 – 14 April 2013. It focuses on the project Re —  my ongoing collaboration with Rachel Lois Clapham. The full paper can be read here.

Publication: Revolve:R

Revolve: Meditate, Rotate, Muse, Twist, Turn Over In Mind

Revolve:R is a collaborative project in visual correspondence, curated by Sam Treadaway and Ricarda Vidal in collaboration with a number of international artists,  based throughout Europe and the USA, which culminates in the publishing of a limited edition bookwork. The project explores the possibilities of an exchange of ideas via a visual and tactile – rather than virtual and digital – form of communication. As site and source of collaborative experimentation for diverse artistic practices, Revolve:R is a vehicle for a new collective language, made physical in the shape of the Revolve:R bookwork.


Diana Ali, Todd DiCiurcio, Patrick Galway, Verena Hägler, Alice Hendy, Antun Maračić, Leila Peacock, Domingo Martínez, Bernd Reichert, Matt Rowe, Emily Speed, Clare Thornton & Emma Cocker, Sam Treadaway, Linnea Vedder, Ricarda Vidal, and the mathematician Oscar Bandtlow.

Revolve:R can be purchased at the forthcoming BABE 13 artists book fair at Arnolfini Gallery. 20th – 21st / April / 2013 or online here.