Beginning with a meditation on the affirmative potential of no alongside the dissident capacity of yes-saying as a species of refusal, The Yes of the No advocates different models of daily practice through which to perform everyday life — the as is — in the subjunctive key of what if or even what might be. Existing in the space between imaginative proposition and a call to action, The Yes of the No is an assemblage of provocations, proposals and potential ways of operating — ranging from navigating the city and inhabiting the margins to errant acts of reading; from preparing for the unexpected to learning how to ‘not know’, from minor acts of singular sedition to collective expressions of an insurgent ‘we’.
The Yes of the No is the first collection by writer-artist Emma Cocker, which draws together selected fragments of writing produced in dialogue with, parallel to and as art practice (from between 2007–2016). Cocker’s writing often focuses on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist or refuse the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved. The Yes of the No takes the form of single-page prose paragraphs, which might be read in sequence or approached in the singular. Each page-paragraph is conceived as implicitly connected to others, yet with an identity (and name) of its own.