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.

Event: Surrey Annual Poetry Festival


I will be presenting fragments new and existing writing and text-works as part of the Surrey Annual Poetry Festival, organised by The Other Room’s James Davies (current Poet in Residence at the University of Surrey). The day will feature various poet-performers including Emma Bennett, Emma Cocker, Rebecca Cremin, Amy Cutler, Tina Darragh, Rob Holloway, P. Inman, Peter Jaeger, Sharon Kivland, Lila Matsumoto, Tom Jenks, Philip Terry, Scott Thurston.