Justin Winters and Walter Productions
On display November 6 – December 31, 2020
Information Flow is an interactive light sculpture representing the hidden digital network of communication that surrounds us. The installation stretches 200 feet across the Arizona Canal and has six interactive pressure pads along the canal banks. When a pad activates, it sends a pulse of light, like a byte of information, from the pad to a connected floating receiver for processing. From there, the light travels on to the artwork’s central information tower, where it is processed and redistributed through a light sequence performance.
Inspired by this transformative year and the surge of digital communication brought on by the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, lead artist Justin Winters and Walter Productions combine acyclic, steel, dichroic films, thousands of programmable LEDs, and interactive code to bring this physical visualization of network topology to life.
Lead artist Justin Winters is a Phoenix native with a bachelor of science in computer engineering from Northern Arizona University. He believes that art can be a tool for learning, science can lead us to a deeper part of our nature, and technology can bridge the gap between the ineffable and our daily lives. With a focus on creative coding, Winters’s work dives into the possibilities created when the viewer interacts with the artwork through sensors and any variety of input devices, creating a one-of-a-kind experience and a sense of immediacy.
The team behind this special blend of magic, Walter Productions, strives to share the power of imagination, the joy of discovery, and the spirit of service in every project they undertake. As the artists behind Floatus and Water Serpent, this is Walter Productions’ third consecutive year participating in Canal Convergence. Walter’s story has a message for us all: there are second chances in life, your past doesn’t determine your future, you are capable of more than you might think, and we can all do so much more together than we ever could on our own.