Dignicraft

Dignicraft is a hybrid between an art collective, media production company, and distributor of cultural goods, inspired by human dignity, the artisanal process of creation, and the potential of collaboration to achieve the common good.

Whether a person, an object or a situation, Dignicraft is interested in telling the story behind what is apparently commonplace by means of producing documentaries, distributing cultural goods such as films and crafts made by like-minded people or imparting a collaborative workshop as part of a contemporary art project.

Dignicraft is the result of the evolution of collective work in Bulbo that Paola Rodríguez, José Luis Figueroa and Omar Foglio started over 12 years ago. A few of their most noticeable film projects include Tijuaneados Anónimos: Una lágrima, una sonrisa (Bulbo/Galatea audiovisual, www.tijuaneadosanonimos.org Tijuana, 2009) and Brilliant Soil / Tierra Brillante (Bulbo/Galatea audiovisual, www.brilliantsoil.org Michoacan, Mexico, 2011).

Filmography & projects:

2013, “Ísïch´e Irekaska” (The Way We Live) short film produced as part of the one month long collaborative/intercultural film production workshop titled “Imágenes Vivas” (Vivid Images) made in collaboration with the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes [CONACULTA], via the Dirección General de Culturas Populares and its Unidad Regional en Michoacán.  Santa Fe de la Laguna, Michoacan, Mexico.

2013, “Pasajes” (Passageways) short film documentary about the role of artists to reactivate the city of Tijuana, Mexico, after a period of violent crisis. Produced for the television program Artbound broadcast by KCET-Los Angeles, USA.

2013, “Cariz” short film produced as part of the four month long collaborative film production workshop with visual arts and performance students at the Arts Faculty of the Autonomous University of Baja California.  Tijuana, Mexico.

2013, Workshop on how to develop an idea for a documentary film project and use collaboration as a means for production.  El Cuarto de Luz gallery in Tijuana and Colegio de Michoacan in Zamora, Mexico.

In addition, Paola Rodríguez, José Luis Figueroa and Omar Foglio collaborated in a wide range of media and art projects under the bulbo art collective and the Galatea audio/visual company.  The following list is a selection of work they did together:

2011, “Brilliant Soil” (Tierra Brillante) feature length documentary about the health problems caused by the use of lead glaze in Mexican ceramics. Galatea audio/visual and FOPROCINE-México (Grand Prix 8th Film Festival on Clay and Glass, France; Best Film award International Festival of Indigenous Film and Video, Mexico; Material Culture and Archeology Film Prize, 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Scotland) www.tierrabrillante.org

2009, “Tijuaneados Anónimos: Una lágrima, una sonrisa” feature length documentary that portrayed how a group of citizens faced the unprecedented wave of violence that erupted in the city of Tijuana and throughout Mexico. Galatea audio/visual and FOPROCINE-México (Morelia International Film Festival, México, 2009; Gira Ambulante de Documentales, Mexico, 2010; Best Local Film San Diego Latino Film Fest, USA, 2011) www.tijuaneadosanonimos.org

2008, “bulbo, San Jose: DIY Media Strategies from the Border” video workshop and gallery exhibition with gang impacted youth to create self-representations of themselves, families and community.  01SJ Biennial / Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose, California, USA.

2008, “Don’t, a reactivation of an Allan Kaprow Happening”, a collaborative project with The Public Art Studies Program at the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, as part of Allan Kaprow – Art as Life, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, USA.

2005, Production of the short film documentary “On Translation: Fear/Miedo”, as a collaboration with the Catalan artist Antoni Muntadas, commissioned as a piece for Insite05 and broadcast on network television through channel 12 Televisa in Tijuana, Mexico, channel 15 KPBS in San Diego, USA and channel 22 CONACULTA in all of Mexico.

2007, “Tianguis de Diseño” graphic design and self-representation workshop with indigenous youth, as part of Anni and Josef Albers exhibition at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico.

2005-2007, “La Tienda de Ropa” (The Clothes Shop) workshop and community engagement installation/performance reflecting upon the use, production, consumption of clothing and channeling ideas through the design of original garments. InSite_05, Cooper Union School of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and swap meets, shopping malls and boutiques in the San Diego/Tijuana area. Tijuana, Mexico; San Diego and New York, USA.

2000-2006, Production of short film documentaries for the television show BULBO, considered one of the 10 best programs in Mexico by Milenio’s newspaper critic Álvaro Cueva in 2004. Galatea audio/visual produced over 80 documentaries about daily life in the border region of Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, USA, broadcast in all of Mexico and some parts of the USA via Canal 22 CONACULTA, Channel 52 MX of MVS and Univision San Diego.