Tim FITE : BY THE CODE
"By The Code" is a 360° thought mural. For a thought mural, I use drawing as a way to sort through my thoughts on a single idea. In this case the idea is "digital afterlife." As I draw, my thoughts develop, iconography asserts itself, narratives develop, and often times I find a handful of answers among the millions of questions that burn in the fireplace of my mind.
Here is a list of just some of the questions that "By the Code" addresses:
Can the self/soul be fully digitized? Can the quality of a life be expressed using Boolean Algebra and/or binary code? Am I a one or a zero? Am I true or false? Am I yes or no? Am I eternal or infernal? Can a binary system replace a natural one - and, in so doing, become a supernatural one? If judgement goes digital, how many zeros are in my code, and how many ones? If one is the value for true and zero for false, is one eternal light, and zero eternal damnation? If I look up at my phone, do I see the light of heaven? If I look down at my phone, do I see the glow of hellfire? What role does my data play in manifesting my after-life? What would digital reincarnation look like? Is my data the product of my existence, or is my existence the product of my data? Is my digital footprint an accurate measure of my character? Is my smart-phone a gateway to eternal life - is that why I look at it so much? Is wi-fi/internet a hubristic attempt to fabricate an omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient entity, or is it just a great way to sell things? Does having my palm light up make me feel like a supernatural being? Is my digital presence an afterlife of my own making, in my own image? When my data is deleted, where does it go? When I am deleted, where does my data go? Do I need a digital executor? If I am walking while looking at my phone, does that count as walking into the light?
Tim Fite - called a “cultural gadfly” by the New York Times and “ferally original” by the New Yorker - used to be an artsy rapper. Now he's just artsy. He doesn't drink. He doesn’t do drugs. He prefers solitude/contemplation to hobnobbing/affectation. This preference affords Fite the time/freedom to make large scale, compositionally complex, allegorical, black and white drawings that occasionally have a musical or performative component. Fite believes creativity, communication, compassion, and hard work are the keys to fostering a more benevolent and inclusive society, and hopes his art can contribute to that end.