Emma Cocker

Workshop Description | Sun 12 Nov 2017 | 11am - 5pm


Deviations from the line


How can we develop systems of notation for identifying, marking and communicating the barely perceptible micro-movements at the cusp of awareness? How can we communicate the instability and mutability of the flows and forces within artistic practice, without ‘fixing’ that which is inherently dynamic and contingent as a literal sign?

Choreo–graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line is an artistic research collaboration between writer-artist Emma Cocker (UK), artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer (AT) and choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil (AT), in dialogue with other artists. Central to our enquiry is the development of a multimodal and performative system of notation (choreo–graphic figures) for sharing this often hidden aspect of the creative process.

Crossing Borders 2017 | 14 November, 7 - 8.30pm | Choreo–graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line
A lecture performance by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil


Choreo–graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line is an interdisciplinary research project focused on developing shared practices for making tangible the specificity of ‘thinking-in-action’ (Manning and Massumi, 2014), ‘thinking-feeling-knowing’ (Maharaj and Varela, 2012) and ‘dynamic vitality forces’ (Stern, 2010) emerging within a collaborative artistic-epistemological process.
Choreo–graphic Figures addresses the qualitative processual specificity (vitalities of ‘how-ness’) within shared artistic exploration, requiring a thematic shift of attention from the realm of demarcated disciplinary specificity towards an affective process-realm of forces and intensities (which we call figuring). We explore the relation between figuring (the felt forces and intensities operating between the more readable gestures within artistic work) and the emergence of figures (the point where figuring coalesces into a specific recognisable sign).

Central to our enquiry has been the development of a multimodal and performative system of notation (choreo–graphic figures) for sharing this often hidden aspect of the creative process. We ask: how can we develop systems of notation for identifying, marking and communicating the barely perceptible micro-movements at the cusp of awareness? How can we communicate the instability and mutability of the flows and forces especially within artistic practice, without ‘fixing’ that which is inherently dynamic and contingent as a literal sign?

This performative presentation elaborates the qualitative specificity, distinctive properties and constitutive conditions for three key groups of Choreo–graphic Figures:
(1) Elemental Figures — opening up and exposition of process, specification of key moments within the arc of creative endeavour;
(2) Empathetic Figures — diagramming of relations, the ethics of collaboration, sensitivities and sensibilities of being-with;
(3) Transformative Figures — identification of explicit shifts or even transformation in property, quality or state of being; collapsing the lines of distinction between activity/passivity, animate/inanimate, subject/object, self/world.

Biography

Cocker is Reader in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University: her research enquiry focuses on the process of artistic endeavour, alongside models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved. Deeply interested in the links between drawing, thinking and action.

Choreo–graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line (PEEK funded from 2014–2017) is an artistic research collaboration between writer-artist Emma Cocker (UK), artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer (AT) and choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil (AT), in dialogue with Alex Arteaga, Christine De Smedt, Lilia Mestre and other guests.
Cocker is reader in fine art, Nottingham Trent University: her research enquiry focuses on the process of artistic endeavour, alongside models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved. Deeply interested in the links between drawing, thinking and action, Gansterer is a lecturer, at the Institute for Transmedia Art, and guest professor at the Zentrum Fokus Forschung, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria. Interested in expanded notions of the choreographic, diagrammatic forms of situations and the ethics of togetherness, Greil lectures internationally, is part of the artists’ initiative Sweet&Tender Collaborations, and previously was associate researcher of Performance Matters, London, and Senior Editor of the e-journal activate.

http://www.choreo-graphic-figures.net/