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 enquiry focuses on the process of artistic endeavour, alongside 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.

Exhibition: Documents, Alternatives

Documents, Alternatives
18 January  – 24 February 2018

Angela Bartram, Andrew Bracey, David Brazier and Kelda Free, Luce Choules, Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, Kate Corder, Steve Dutton, Tim Etchells, Rochelle Haley, Morrad + McArthur, Andrew Pepper, and Louise K. Wilson
Curated by Angela Bartram

Documents, Alternatives is a (re-)staging of ephemeral artworks that is in ‘motion’ and responsive to intent. The exhibition foregrounds fluidity and diversity of translation and includes multiple art voices and modes of output including video, holography, text, painting, print and sound. This is an experimental, discursive strategy whereby the document becomes a new artwork and the artwork becomes a new document to keep the ephemeral evolving and in transition.

Publication and exhibition: Materials of Resistance


My text ‘One Versed in the Alchemy of What If’ has been published in the exhibition catalogue accompanying Materials of Resistance by Clare Thornton at Plymouth Arts Centre. Exploring recurring themes and issues within Thornton’s work, the catalogue comprises contextual and experimental texts by writers/artists Phil Owen, Emma Cocker, Conor Wilson, Heike Roms and Natalie Raven. Designed by Jono Lewarne at City Edition Studio. An edition of 400 at £15 available here.

A monitor-based version of The Italic I (a body of work developed in collaboration with Clare Thornton) was also staged as part of Materials of Resistance. A review of the exhibition can be read here.