New Media Workspace
Modern Fuel's New Media Workspace is a site for the production of media-based art practices for all of our members and the public. It is a media lab that was developed in response to the lack of resources for artists working in audio and lens-based media and is dedicated to providing space for accessing, learning, and engaging with these innovative practices. The New Media Workspace aims to foster a growing community of media artists in the region.
In 2020, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre was delighted to be the recipient of an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Capital grant. This grant has allowed us to upgrade and expand the technological equipment available within the New Media Workspace, as well as provide our members with the opportunity to use this equipment within their own artistic practices.
A Brief History
In 2002, Modern Fuel created the New Media Workspace. Prior to this innovation, Kingston did not have the significant infrastructure for independent media production, despite a small community of film-makers and producers. This was a noteworthy omission considering that other similar-sized communities had long maintained infrastructure for production support. In our first year, our activities were primarily concerned with assisting local artists in documenting and archiving their work.
In 2003, we were able to acquire the first of our base equipment needs through a matching-grant from Cultural Spaces Canada (Canadian Heritage) and the Davies Charitable Foundation, but it was the activities supported in 2004 and 2005 by the Healthy Community Fund which afforded the NMW its most impressive achievements to date including a media camp, workshops and the acquisition of important new media equipment. These accomplishments were guided by project staff with the New Media Committee, a member-led advisory group for the Workspace.
From 2015-2019, the New Media Workspace shifted to operate as both production and exhibition space, specifically for site-specific new media installations. The Workspace operated as a site of residencies, research, production and exhibition. In 2019, we returned to our production-based roots of the New Media Workspace to provide industry standard equipment at affordable prices, access to our digital lab, workshops and supporting media art creation.
In 2020, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre was the recipient of an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Capital grant. The OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. The OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. With this grant, we have been able to upgrade and expand the technological equipment available within the New Media Workspace.
Check out our Vimeo Page to see some of our archived projects HERE.