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 to producing texts parallel to and as art practice. 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.

Project: The Italic I – development.

The Italic I is an artistic enquiry developed in collaboration with Clare Thornton, for exploring the states of potential made possible by purposefully surrendering to the event of a repeated fall. A recent Arts Council Grant (2014 – 2016), enabled Clare and I to develop, test and stage this enquiry as a series of exhibitions, including a solo show at Project Space Plus, Lincoln (2014) and participate in the group exhibition The Alternative Document (2016). We are now developing this project further as a web-work in collaboration with Dane Watkins specifically exploring the animation of our textual lexicon for reflecting on the arc of falling, and a practice-based journal article for a forthcoming Special Issue (ed. Ang Bartram) of the Journal of Studies in Theatre and Performance exploring ideas around liveness and the lens, addressing the expanded modalities of performance and performativity - those emergent temporalities and subjectivities - produced at the threshold where live and lens meet.  

Images: Stills from Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, The Italic I, video/performance reading