(Tijuana, Mex, 2002)
This collective explores the possibilities of exchange and collaboration while using broadcast media with constructive aims. Each of the collective's projects lets people, who in their daily lives do not pursue an art practice, take part in a creative process and helps nurture other ways of understanding local contexts. The collective based in both Tijuana and recently Los Angeles is made up of roughly 9 fulltime members who work collaboratively to balance the work with Galatea, their production media company that helps fund their other cultural practices.
bulbo has intervened the media with bulbo TV (in all of Mexico); bulbo press magazine; disco bulbo record label; the bulbo broadcast web streams and www.bulbo.tv. Other projects include bulbo, San Jose: DIY Media Strategies from the Border, Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, (San Jose, US, 2008); Tianguis de DiseÒo, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso (Mexico City, Mex, 2007), and La Tienda de Ropa, inSite_05 (Tijuana/San Diego, Mex-US, 2005). And group exhibitions like From A to B, Fellows of Contemporary Art, (Los Angeles, US, 2008); Inside the Wave, SDMA, (San Diego, US, 2008); Donít, a reactivation of an Allan Kaprow Happening, as part of Allan Kaprow ñ Art as Life, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, (Los Angeles, US, 2008); Añadir un contacto…Espacios públicos y sus alternativas en los medios de comunicación, Cuenca Biennial (Cuenca, Ecuador, 2007); Tijuana Organic, Cornerhouse (Manchester, UK, 2006); IV Bienal de Estandartes, CECUT (Tijuana, Mex, 2006); Strange New World, MCASD (San Diego, US, 2006) and SMMOA (Santa Monica, US, 2007); and Tijuana Sessions, ARCO (Madrid, Spain, 2005).
For this interview from 2008, curator Bill Kelley Jr. interviews the Bulbo collective on the politics of their collaborative practices.