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.

Writing: Kinesthetic Universe


Images: Victoria Gray, from Universe II and Universe III, 2013

I have been invited to produce a new piece of writing in parallel to Kinesthetic Universe, a forthcoming film by artist Victoria Gray. Gray makes live work that is located between performance and sculpture; performances that are sculptures and sculptures that are performances. Using minimal materials, primarily the body, the work explores the politics of movement and ways in which sociocultural factors inscribe and exert control over the body. Through performance actions, the work considers how the body might be antagonistic and resistant to dominant techniques of corporeal inscription, silencing and subordination. More to follow soon.