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 artistic processes and practices, 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. Cocker's practice involves ‘contiguous writing’ — a mode of creative-critical writing that seeks to touch upon rather than being explicitly about. Her 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, The Yes of the No, 2016.

Dialogue: Misstep

Rose Butler, Misstep (work in progress). Choreographer: Alexander Whitley; dancer: Natalie Allen

I have been invited into dialogue with artist Rose Butler in relation to her new work Misstep, with the view to developing new writing / collaborative artists’ publication. With reference to Edison's early film of the butterfly dance, Misstep considers shifts in non-linear temporality combined with a change in traditional point of view from one that we would associate with being grounded to one that is in flight and from above. The work comprises dance phrases choreographed by Alexander Whitley with dancer Natalie Allen, filmed in slow motion for forthcoming installation at The Lowry January 2016 and then be shown on FACT's interactive TILO screen in Liverpool.