On the 25th June 2015 the COBRA Committee held its first meeting in resposne to refugees and migrants attempting to enter Britain via Calais.
This latest response by COBRA RES binds together previously
unpublished flash fiction short stories and texts made in direct
response to the ‘Calais Crisis’ COBRA Committee meetings, and
the overall crisis faced by hundreds and thousands of refugees
currently moving towards and across Europe.
As a counter-narrative to the COBRA Committee, the stories and
experimental texts assembled here do not offer sound bites or sermons. Instead, they present momentary tales amid the confusion and chaos that infest emergency events, writing out lost stories and loose notes on the border between fact and fiction
Dean Clayton Edwards
Edited by Theodore Price
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On the 8th January 2015, the COBRA Committee convened over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris.
Following this meeting, COBRA RES invited a selection of artists to respond to the Committee, and/or the event and its context.
The exhibition was a result of those responses.
Karen Mirza & Brad Butler
COBRA 1.4 - 1.5 - 1.6
Within three weeks of July and August 2014, the COBRA committee convened in Whitehall three times, over three separate events:.
18th July 2014: shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine. (Chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron)
30th July 2014: continued outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. (Chaired by newly appointed Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond)
8TH August 2014: ISIS forcing thousands to flee their homes and take refuge on Mount Sinjar, Iraq. (Chaired by newly appointed Defence Secretary Michel Fallon)
COBRA RES and H+Corp
Strategic Optimism Football Club
The British Government’s emergency response committee COBRA convened in Whitehall on the 6th December 2013 in response to the threat of a large storm and increased risk of tidal surges. Over the next three months COBRA would meet over thirty times, chaired by a number of different politicians.
This publication and DVD, bring together the film and text based responses.
Nina Power ( Lead Essay)
John Jordan & Isabelle Fremeaux
Nabli Ahmed & Daniel Shanken,
Oliver Bancroft & James Connelly,
The British Governments emergency response Committee COBRA met on the 22nd and 23rd September 2013 to respond to hostages being held in Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
COBRA held three meetings in response to the ‘Kenya stand-off’ (BBC). This came exactly four months, to the day, since their last meeting in May.
The creative responses submitted via post, remain unopened. The parcels and letters have been stored in the COBRA archive until the final COBRA exhibition in January 2018. At the opening of the exhibition, the packages containing the work will be opened live in public and hung along side all past COBRA submissions.
Iain Boal (Lead Essay)
On 22nd and 23rd May 2013 in response to the killing of the solider Lee Rigby in Woolwich, South London.
COBRA RES invited a collection of artists and writers to respond.
This book is a collection of those visual and text based responses.
Nicolas Hausdorf & Alex Goller
On 22nd and 23rd January 2013 the COBRA Committee convened to discuss a response to hostage’s having been held at the Tiguentourine Gas plant in Algeria.
At the same time COBRA RES met in a location near Whitehall to discuss a creative response to the CORBA emergency committee meeting.
This exhibition is a result of that meeting.