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.

Selected CV/Publication links


Emma Cocker
writer-artist and Reader in Fine Art
Website: not-yet-there.blogspot.com

Recent Professional Experience
2017>  Nottingham Trent University: Associate Professor in Fine Art
2014 - 2017:  Nottingham Trent University: Reader in Fine Art
2005 - 2014: Nottingham Trent University: Senior Lecturer in Fine Art
2004 - 6, Sheffield Hallam University: Associate Lecturer in Fine Art
1999 - 2004, Site Gallery, Sheffield: Education Development Manager
             
Publications + Writing

Solo and Co-authored Publications
2017 > Live Coding: A Users’ Manual, forthcoming co-authored publication with Alan Blackwell, Geoff Cox, Thor Magnusson, Alex McLean 
2017: Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, co-authored and edited with Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil, de Gruyter/Angewandte
2016: The Yes of the No, solo collection of writing, Site Gallery, Sheffield

Academic publications: Book chapters/anthology essays
2017  'Writing without Writing: Conversation as Material' in The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice (Routledge)
2017  >  'Choreo-graphic Figures: Vitality Gestures and Embodied Diagrammatics', book chapter in collaboration with Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil in Body Diagrams, (eds). Alexander Gerner and Irene Mittelberg.
2016: 'The Italic I - Towards a Lexicon for Reflecting on the Arc of Falling', book chapter in collaboration with Clare Thornton, in The Fall: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
2016: 'Looking for Loopholes: Cartographies of Escape', book chapter in Cartographies of Exile, (ed.) Dr. Karen Bishop, (Routledge)
2013: 'Towards an Emergent Knowledge of the Margins: Reflections on an Urban Retreat', book chapter in Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation, (ed.) Dr. Eugenie Shinkle, (Ashgate Publishing)
2013: 'Salvaging a Romantic Trope: The Conceptual Resurrection of Shipwreck in Recent Art Practice' in Shipwreck in Art and Literature: Images and Interpretations from Antiquity to the Present Day (ed.) Carl Thompson, (Routledge)
2013: Tactics for Not Knowing: Preparing for the Unexpected', in On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, (eds.) Rebecca Fortnum and Elizabeth Fisher (Kettles Yard/Black Dog Publishing)          
2013: 'Reading Towards Becoming Causal' in Reading/Feeling (If I Can't Dance..., Amsterdam)
2012: 'The Restless Line, Drawing', in Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Arteds. Phil Sawdon and Russell Marshall (I. B. Tauris)
2012: 'Earthwalker', selected excerpt in Nature, ed. Jeffrey Kastner. (Documents of Contemporary Art Series, MIT Press/Whitechapel Gallery)
2012: 'Border Crossings – Practices for Beating the Bounds', book chapter in Liminal Landscapes, (Routledge)
2011: 'Distancing the If and Then', essay in Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Research, (ed.) Nikolaus Gansterer, (Springer)
2011: 'Over and Over, Again and Again', book chapter in Contemporary Art and Classical Myth, (eds.) Jennie Hirsh and Isabelle Loring Wallace (Ashgate Publishing)
2010: 'Performing Stillness: Community in Waiting', book chapter in Stillness in a mobile world, (eds.) David Bissell and Gillian Fuller, (International Library of Sociology Series, Routledge)
2010:  'Over and Over, Again and Again', selected excerpt in Failure, (ed.) Lisa Le Feuvre, (Documents of Contemporary Art Series, MIT Press/Whitechapel Gallery)
2009: 'Not Yet There', book chapter in Telling Stories: Countering Narrative in Art, Theory and Film, (eds.) Jane Tormey and Gillian Whiteley, (Cambridge Scholars Press)

Journal Articles
2016: 'Performing Thinking in Action: The Meletē of Live Coding' in the International Journal of Performance Arts + Digital Media, special issue Live Coding in Performance Arts, (Issue 12.2)
2016:  'The Italic I – a 16 stage lexicon on the arc of falling', in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT), special issue on Showing and Writing Training.
2015:  'Notion of Notation >< Notation of Notion', article/artists' pages in collaboration with Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil in Performance Research, 'On An/notation'.
2015: 'Choreo-graphic Figures: Beginnings and Emergences' article in collaboration with Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil, in ruuukku, Finnish Journal of Artistic Research.
2014: 'Live Notation: Reflections on a Kairotic Practice' in Performance Research Vol.18, No.5  (October 2013) On Writing +Digital Media (eds.) Jerome Fletcher with Ric Allsopp.
2011: 'Moves Towards the Incomprehensible Wild', journal article in art+research, on Art and Animality, (ed.) Ron Broglio.
2011: 'Permission Granted', in issue of the online journal drain on Power
2011: 'The Yes of the No!', in issue of the online journal drain on Power
2011: 'R.S.V.P. Choreographing Collectivity through Invitation and Response', essay in Rhizomes, entitled Hives, Tribes, Assemblages: New Collectivities
2009:  'From Passivity to Potentiality: The Communitas of Stillness', peer-reviewed article in M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture, Vol. 12, No. 1. 
2009: 'Ethical Possession', peer-reviewed article in scope, Journal of film and television, issue on Cultural Borrowing
2009: 'Pay Attention to the Footnotes', peer-reviewed article in Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, issue on 'Writing Encounters in Performance and Pedagogical Practice'
2007: 'Desiring to be led Astray', peer reviewed article in Papers of Surrealism, AHRC Centre for Surrealism and its Legacies, Autumn 2007
2003: 'Give and Take: the possibility and problematic of transcultural exchange', article in Engage, 13, pp.55-59. ISSN 1365-9383

Catalogue essays + reviews
2016 - ‘Sampler of Samplers: Repeating Repeats Repeats’, in Grafting / Propriety: FromStitch to Drawn Line, ed. Danica Maier monograph, (Black Dog Publishing)
2015 - 'Writing Beyond Resurrection' in Unruly Utterances: Participation, Criticality and Compass Festival 2014.
2013 - 'Being in Two Minds', commissioned essay in Communion: Ben Judd (Black Dog Publishing)
2012 - Review of Hanne Darboven and Raphael Hefti at Camden Arts Centre, Frieze magazine 
2011 - ‘[…], catalogue essay on the work of Reuben Henry and Karin Kihlberg, (published by VIVID)
2011 -  ‘Making Room for Manoeuvre; or, Ways of Operating along the Margins’, text-work in Manual for Marginal Places, (published by closeandremote)
2011 - ‘Moves Towards the Incomprehensible Wild’, Dutton + Swindells, essay, in Institute of Beasts (published by Site Gallery, Sheffield)
2010 - ‘Without Rhyme or Reason’, essay on the work of Vlatka Horvat, in In Other Words In Other's Words And Other Words, (published by Bergen Kunsthall)
2010 - ‘Social Assemblage’, essay on the work of FrenchMottershead, in SHOPS: People and Process, (published by Site Gallery, Sheffield)
2010 - Review of Maelfa, Sean Edwards at Spike Island, Frieze magazine
2010 - Review of Anti festival, Kuopio, Finland, Frieze magazine
2009 -  'The Shimmering of the Tipping Point', essay on Katie Davies, (published by Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield)
2009 - 'Somehow between the water and the wind', catalogue essay on Brigid McLeer, (published by Lanchaster Gallery, Coventry University)
2009  - Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship Programme Publication: An Archival Record: essays on Fiona Crisp, Annie Cattrell and Justin Carter (Art Editions North / English Heritage)
2008 - ‘Object Action Object: the work of Cool and Balducci', essay in Dance Theatre Journal
2008 -  'Wandering - straying from the habitual path', a-n magazine, July - August
2007 - 'Hidden Narratives', Dialogue, (April)
2007 - Review of Site Platform, Site Gallery, a-n magazine, (February)
2007  - ‘Into the fray’, essay, (published by Site Gallery, online)
2007 - ‘Are We There Yet?’ essay, (published Bloc, Sheffield, online)
2007 -  ‘The Art of Misdirection: Anti-Guides and Aimless Wandering’, in Dialogue – Burning Public Art (April 2007), guest edited by Gordon Dalton & Gavin Wade, (online)
2006  - ‘Distance’, exhibition catalogue essay, Galerie 5020, Salzburg
2006 - ‘Ordinary Monuments’, exhibition essay, Vane, Newcastle, (online)

Interviews with artists
2015 - ‘Indifference in Difference – An interview with Helen Chadwick’, in Twenty Years of MAKE magazine: Back to the Future of Women's Art, eds. Mo Throp and Maria Walsh, I.B.Tauris
2011 - ‘Meaningful Meaninglessness’ – in conversation with Candice Jacobs, Nottingham Visual Arts Magazine
2010 -  ‘Beyond Belief – interview with Ben Judd’, soanyway, online journal
2009 - 'Flagging Possibilities, in conversation with Vlatka Horvat', Dance Theatre Journal
2008 -  'The Art of Misdirection' interview with Lucy Harrison, in peer reviewed Drain Magazine, Psychogeography Issue
2007 -  ‘Unstable Truths – Interview with Clio Barnard’, (exhibition catalogue), Herbert Read Gallery
2007 - ‘Unstable Truths – Interview with Clio Barnard’, The Art Book, Volume 14 Issue 4 Page 73-74, Nov. 2007
1998 - ‘Indifference in Difference – An interview with Helen Chadwick’, catalogue text, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
1996 -  ‘Indifference in Difference – An interview with Helen Chadwick’, MAKE; The Magazine of Women’s Art: Issue 71: Aug/Sept, 1996

Text-works/Art-writing projects/exhibitions
2013 - 'Infinite', text-work as part of Lemonade Everything is so Infinite. LemonMelon publishing.
2012 - Re- , performance lecture with Rachel Lois Clapham as part of Strategies for Approaching Repeating Problems, in conjunction with Accidentally on Purpose, Quad, Derby
2012 - Close Reading, in Marbled Reams, a curated project by Tom Godfrey
2012 - Drawing on Drawing a Hypothesis, performance lecture as part of Exhibition on the Study of Knowledge, Stadtpark Forum, Graz
2011 - Drawing on Drawing a Hypothesis, a series of performance lectures in collaboration with Nikolaus Gansterer at M_HKA, Antwerp;  KNAW, Amsterdam in collaboration with Jan Van Eyck Academie and Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences; Kunsthalle Project Space,Vienna; and NGBK, Berlin.
2011 - Close Reading (C.O.P.V.,1950) in I AM NOT A POET, TotalKunst, Edinburgh
2011 - Close Reading (G.D.T.F.,1983) in COPY//unfold, critical writing collective
2011 - Re- with Rachel Lois Clapham, in Writing (the) Space, Wild Pansy Press Project Space, Leeds.
2011 - Oh When, installation, performance and writing residency in Not Ready Yet, curated by Niki Russell.
2011 - Field Proposals in Wanderlust, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham.
2011 - Field Notes: extracts from an event, commissioned text-work in Edge of Europe publication, Kiasma Theatre, Finland
2010 - Re- (Unfixed), installation and performance reading in collaboration with Rachel Lois Clapham, in UNFIXED, Flat Time House, London by Reading for Reading’s Sake.
2010 - Re- (Afterlive), a performance reading in collaboration with Rachel Lois Clapham in Afterlive, Norwich Arts Centre.
2010  - Field Proposals, in Your Future Needs You, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness.
2010 - Field Proposals, in Exhibition/Writing/Publication, The Pigeon Wing, London, curated by David Berridge.
2010 - To try, a tentative attempt, text work in Essaying Essays, The Reading Room, Berlin.
2010  - Field Proposals, in Field Station, East Street Arts, Leeds, curated by David Berridge.
2010 - Re- (RITE), a performance reading in collaboration with Rachel Lois Clapham, in RITE, PSL, Leeds.
2009: Re-writing, text work in RITE, Critical Communities, (New Work Network Publishing)
2009: Pay attention to the Footnotes in publication*Periphery, YH485 Press
2009: The Yes of the No!, commissioned catalogue essay for Summer of Dissent, Plan 9, Bristol
2009: Re-writing: Not Yet There, in rubric, Issue 1, nascent
2007: Open City, commissioned text-work, NottDance07, Nottingham

Peer review/editorial/advisory
2011 > Publishing Advisory Group, Live Art Development Agency
2010 > Peer-reviewer for TRACEY, online journal of drawing based research
2010 > Peer-reviewer for Rhizomes, online US based journal, http://www.rhizomes.net/
2006: Transmission: Speaking and Listening: Volume 5. ‘Daily Encounters, publication editor, (co-ed. with Sharon Kivland and Jaspar Joseph-Lester), Site Gallery, Sheffield, ISBN 1-899926-71-2
2005: Transmission: Speaking and Listening: Volume 4. ‘Provenance and Inscription’, publication editor, (co-ed. with Sharon Kivland and Jaspar Joseph-Lester). Site Gallery, ISBN 1-899926-66-6
2004: Transmission: Speaking and Listening Volume 3, ‘Ornament & Utility/Responsibility’, publication editor (co-ed. with Sharon Kivland and Lesley Sanderson). Site Gallery/Sheffield Hallam University. ISBN 1-899926-51-8
       
Education + Qualifications
MRes Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths, London
MA Visual Culture, University of Nottingham
BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Plymouth