Josie Cockram
Synesthesia II
Symposium Panelist
Josie Cockram is an artist, lecturer and producer. She works with sound, moving image, drawing, photography and sculpture. Works with words include Stories from the Sculpture City, Henry Moore Institute (2017), and Hmn 16, curated by Chris Fite-Wassilak and Anne Tallentire (2019). Josie teaches on MA Fine Art programmes at Falmouth University and the University of Plymouth, and is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curation at the University of Exeter. She is co-founder of Aller Aller with Keiko Yamamoto in Devon, and produced Groundwork, a programme of international contemporary art in Cornwall in 2018.

My work's relationship with writing - the longing looks, the entanglement - takes the form of a dependency on literary fiction. And what I need from a novel, what I feed on and inhabit for practice, is mood and action –  the means to locate things in feeling and the means to move things through story. My provocation will talk about titles – what a title can do, the way in which it can contribute to, or provoke, an artwork, all the possibilities in a really good verb, and some novelists whose words have come looking for my objects, and stuck around.