Mission: The Fuse Factory is an art and technology not-for-profit initiative based in Columbus, Ohio. We are focused on cultivating artistic production, research, and experimentation with digital media and electronic tools. Our purpose is to function as an incubator for innovation, interaction, collaboration, critical thought, diversity, and artistic exploration. We also support digital freedom: free expression, security, privacy, creativity, and access to knowledge.
We create opportunities for practical and critical engagement within the nexus of art, visual culture, technology, and new media.
Support: Our Frequency Fridays series and annual exhibition are made possible through the generous support of foundations, granting organizations, and individual donors. Our granters include The Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Columbus Foundation. We have also received support from Founders Factory, Taivara, Big Kitty Labs, the Columbus College of Art & Design, the Ohio State University Department of Art, and the Ohio State University-Mansfield.
In 2017, we were granted membership to the Electronic Frontier Alliance, a grassroots network of community and campus organizations across the United States working to educate our neighbors about the importance of digital rights. As a member organization of the EFA, we believe that technology should support the intellectual freedom at the heart of a democratic society. In the digital age, that entails advancing:
- Free Expression: People should be able to speak their minds to whoever will listen.
- Security: Technology should be trustworthy and answer to its users.
- Privacy: Technology should allow private and anonymous speech, and allow users to set their own parameters about what to share with whom.
- Creativity: Technology should promote progress by allowing people to build on the ideas, creations, and inventions of others.
- Access to Knowledge: Curiosity should be rewarded, not stifled. We uphold these principles by fighting for transparency and freedom in culture, code, and law.
- Educating the next generation, the general public, and creative professionals through hands-on workshops, classes, demonstrations, training sessions and lectures
- Serving as a conduit between artists experimenting with technology and the community through the hosting of exhibitions, performances, and online information and resources
- Providing support to emerging and established artists by providing access to equipment and technology, residency programs, and professional development initiatives
- Partnering with a diverse network of local and national new media and art organizations and businesses