Chapter 2

*****SUBMISSION NOW CLOSED***** – DVD and Book will be launched with screening mid March 2014.

We would like to invite you to contribute to COBRA 1.3 that will respond, and reflect, on the recent emergency meetings in Westminster by producing a DVD and book of artists’ moving image works and texts.

The British Governments emergency response committee COBRA first met on the 6th December due to the ensuing storms and tidal surges.

In response to this meeting at Westminster our organisation, COBRA: A Critical Response invited a first round of artists to respond in writing or with a piece of moving image, to either the subject of the meeting i.e the winter storms , or the existence of the COBRA committee itself.

So far responses include works by Nina Power, Chris Collier, Margaret Dickinson, Allison Ballard, Steven Connelly, Samuel Stevens, Nicolas Hausdorf ( H+Corp) and John Jordan among others. These will be compiled in a DVD of artists moving image, with an accompanying book that will be launched with film screening, in London in mid-late February, 2014. The DVD and book is being produced by COBRA: A Critical Response and will be published by Pamphleteer Films.

As the storms and tidal surges continued over the last month, creating a much greater and extended impact, the COBRA committee have met on numerous occasions, most recently reconvening in Westminster on Saturday 11th January 2014.

For this reason we would like to include you in a second round of artistic responses to this event to recognise the extended nature of the emergency and subsequent COBRA meetings.

We would therefore like to invite you to contribute to this project by contributing a film or video work of between              1 minute and 9 minutes long by the 7th February, 2014.

This may be an existing work you feel is well suited or a new work produced as a specific response. Any form will be accepted such as fiction, archival, documentary, performance documentation, animation, phone video, etc. This may be submitted via a digital format to or as a hard copy (please contact for postal address).

COBRA: A Critical Response is a five-year project investigating the relationship, and use, of aesthetics and performative means for political power within emergency politics.

For more information please email

Many thanks,

Theo Price

Project Curator

Chapter 1

On 5th and 6th December 2013 Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  chaired a meeting of the British Governments emergency response committee COBRA over the increased risk to coastal areas due to climatic changes and a storm surges effecting parts of the United Kingdom.

Nine filmmakers have been asked to respond through moving image based media, to either the COBRA committee, the context in which they have met or emergency politics in genral. These nine responses will be compiled into a DVD with accompanying booklet. The booklet will contain essays and articles by selected writers on the topics above as well as the nature and relationship between moving image and politics.

In January 2014 there will be a screening and launch event. For more information please join our mailing list or follow us on twitter.


5th December 2013

David Cameron ‏@David_Cameron5 Dec  2:10 am 5.12.13

‘I’ve asked Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to chair a COBRA this morning on the storm disruption – ensuring everything is being done.’

On 6th December 

Defra UK @DefraGovUK 7:31am 6.12.13

‘Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson will be chairing another COBRA meeting this morning on flooding #floodaware

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