COBRA : A Critical Response is a five year project to internationally counter-map and creatively respond to the British Governments emergency committee COBRA.
COBRA is an emergency committee chaired by the current Prime Mister and can consist of a changing number of other ministers and advisers depending on the situation and context for the meeting. It seems that COBRA have been meeting since 1984 and have met in recent years in response to the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano eruption in Iceland (2010),
– The discovery of bombs in ink cartridges on UPS airplanes bound for the U.S.A ( 2010),
– The summer riots in London ( 2011),
– The London Olympics ( 2012)
– Ash Die back disease (2012)
– Hostage’s held at the Tiguentourine Gas plant, Algeria ( 2013)
– The Killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south London (2013).
The governments COBRA committee met, most recently, at the end of September 2013 to discuss a response to the attack on Westgate shopping centre Nairobi, Kenya.
Mirroring and reflecting, COBRA : A Critical Response also consists of a changing number of members and advisers depending on the situation and context for the original meeting. COBRA : A Critical Response meet every time COBRA meet. The first response to the Algeria meeting was in the form of an exhibition. The following response may be in the form of a publication, film, event or other.
Set up in January 2013 the project will continue over five years until 2018. In 2015 there will be a interim exhibition and event showing all the responses from the previous two and half years and then a full exhibition of all previous responses over the five years accompanied by publication in 2018.