Emma Cocker is a writer based in Sheffield and a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the working title 'Not Yet There' her recent research has been concerned with how irresolution, uncertainty, disorientation and the process of ‘getting lost’ can be discussed as strategic conditions of artistic practice, and understood as part of a wider interdisciplinary framework or cultural language. Recent research and writing has addressed the issues of ‘wandering’ or errancy in contemporary artistic practice, as well as wider strategies within practice that might be considered non-teleological or non-productive, and the kinds of ‘knowledges’ produced therein.
ArticlesDrawing on my recent experience of working in collaboration with the artist-led project, Open City, I want to explore the potential of an active and resistant - rather than passive and acquiescent – form of stillness that can be activated strategically within a performance-based practice. The article examines how stillness and other forms of non-productive or non-teleological...Read more