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 the process of artistic exploration 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 recent 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 entitled The Yes of the No, 2016.

Events: No Telos! book launch




BEAM EDITIONS will be presenting the publication No Telos! at a series of book fairs this Autumn including an official launch at Wiels Art Book Fair, Brussels (7 – 8 September) alongside London Art Book Fair (5 – 8 September) and at the Vienna Art Book Fair in October. No Telos is a collaborative artistic research project for exploring the critical role of uncertainty, disorientation, not knowing and open-ended activity within creative practice and during uncertain times. This artist's book comprises a series of 'scores' drawing on exercises and practices first developed and tested in Venice. The city is approached as a live laboratory for artistic research. This highly tactile edition is printed with multiple special features including screen-printed cover, multiple speciality papers, french folds, Risograph printed sections and removable inserts. No Telos! is available to buy here.



No Telos! is edited by Emma Cocker and Danica Maier, with contributions by Andrew Brown, Emma Cocker, Steve Dutton, Katja Hock, Tracy Mackenna, Danica Maier, Andy Pepper, Elle Reynolds, Derek Sprawson.




Event: Lis Rhodes: Dissident Lines A-Z walkthrough


Nottingham Contemporary
Wednesday 28 August, 6.00pm

I will be providing a ‘walkthrough’ for the current exhibition by Lis Rhodes at Nottingham Contemporary, using her work Light Reading (1978) as a point of departure for reflecting on wider cultural and artistic contexts, conceived as different prisms through which to encounter Rhodes’ practice. The exhibition, Dissident Lines, is Rhodes’ first-ever survey,  spanning almost 50 years of work. Lis Rhodes has a multifaceted practice: she is important not only as an artist, but also as a pioneering film programmer, campaigner for women's rights and an influential educator. Her practice crosses into installation, sound art, performance and writing. She was a foundational member of Circles, a feminist film and video distribution network in the UK, and one of the early members of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op. She also taught at the Slade from 1978, influencing many generations of artists.
  

Images above, Lis Rhodes, Light Reading (1978) 


Publication: Journal of Artistic Research




The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is an international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal that disseminates artistic research from all disciplines. JAR invites the ever-increasing number of artistic researchers to develop what for the sciences and humanities are standard academic publication procedures. It serves as a meeting point of diverse practices and methodologies in a field that has become a worldwide movement with many local activities.

JAR18 includes the following contributors:


Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil-Moebius and Simona Koch, Choreo-graphic Figures: Scoring Aesthetic Encounters

Keywords include: affect, animal, choreography, expanded cinema, flatbed picture plane, haptic visuality, how-ness, media archeology, media arts, memory, meteorite, moving image, photography, rituality, science fiction, site, wit(h)nessing.

Take a look at JAR18 and read the full editorial.

Exhibition: Understanding and Research


MAK Museum of Applied Arts Vienna
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Opening: 27 June 2019, 19:00
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Duration: 28 June- 28 July 2019
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The University of Applied Arts Vienna presents exemplary approaches to its artistic research under the title UNDERSTANDING + RESEARCH,  it is about understanding as the very creative impulse. Through examples from research and teaching, science and art the transformation of society can
be viewed, examined, sensed, discussed and experienced. 
Amongst others the research project Choreo-graphic Figures by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus and Mariella Greil will be presented.

The exhibition UNDERSTANDING - ART & RESEARCH, curated by Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch and Barbara Putz-Plecko, now at MAK Vienna had first stations in New Zealand (Dunedin School of Art), Singapore (Nanyang Technological  University Singapore), and Los Angeles (UCLA ArtSci Center).





Research: Convocation - On Expanded Language-based Practices


16 – 18 June 2019
10.00 – 20.00
Research Pavilion
Sala del Camino + theatre
Giudecca, Venice
http://www.researchpavilion.fi/

Convocation – a call to come together, a gathering of expanded language-based practices. Curated and hosted by Emma Cocker, Cordula Daus and Lena Séraphin in co-operation with Alex Arteaga. A collaboration between research cells Through Phenomena Themselves, Disruptive Processes and AIRA, within the frame of the Research Pavilion, Venice.

Convocation – from com ‘with, together’ and vocare ‘to call’. We call for a gathering of language-based practices: from the wordless corporeality of body language to the virtuality of digital text, from the voicing of spoken utterance to the textility of words on a page. Textorium – a notion that etymologically pertains to weaving and braiding, the weaver and the woven. For phenomenologist Max van Manen the term refers to the writerly space of reflection, the experiential world of the text as it opens up for the receptive writer and reader. But how can the ‘taken-for-grantedness’ of language be put into question? How can language-based practices enable us to encounter ‘things’ anew? From textorium to sensorium, a reciprocal space for coming together through a material encounter with language experienced in its diversity.

How do we experience language’s activity, affectivity, ambiguity, capacity, corporeality, density, elasticity, ephemerality, fluidity, fragility, illegibility, instability, intensity, inter-subjectivity, hybridity, materiality, multiplicity, musicality, occasionality, opacity, performativity, physicality, plasticity, porosity, potentiality, relationality, simultaneity, sensibility, sensitivity, sonority, spatiality, syn­chronicity, tonality, temporality, visuality, vitality?

Convocation invites exploration of the how-ness of language within practices of: Addressing | Calling | Conversing | Describing | Dialoguing | Disrupting | Drawing | Echoing | Effacing | Evoking | Fictioning | Invoking | Listening | Misunderstanding | Moving | Muting | Naming | Questioning | Reading | Redacting | Spacing | Speaking | Summoning | Transcribing | Translating | Voicing | Wording | Writing | ____ ing

Weaving between artistic research and phenomenological approaches, this 3-day event will include open workshops, live research, collective writing/reading exercises, and performative lectures. Participants can attend for the whole 3-day event or just for specific sessions.