“SUBSTRATE” investigates the interspecies spectacle of swarm behavior and the mathematical relationships of swarm chaos. The sights and sounds of biological and technological swarms manifests in the large-scale installations as colossal drawings, gridded clay and thread wall structures, sculptural skyscapes of ceramic swarms, and digitized, motion-activated sound. For the viewer, the art creates an overwhelming emergence within a swarm, crossing the boundaries between the hard-edged mechanisms of manmade objects and the soft organic qualities of natural objects. The work becomes a way for a viewer to calculate, understand and engage in the swarming system, recognizing their own role as a trigger for others’ behaviors.