Pieces of dead flesh hybridized and brought back to life, self-replicating nano-robots or transgenic porcupine sowing seeds. Matières actives, matière à fiction is a research and an experimentation around myths and scientific experiences of yesterday and tomorrow. Between artificialized bacteria and animate elements, do these forms of materiality not call for questioning the perception and consideration of living things ? Besides, don't they lead to reformulate the role of the designer and to renew his imaginations ?

Known under the term Active Matter, this field of technological research covers vast scientific fields, from Biotechnologies to Nanotechnologies through Robotics and Science matter. Reality and fiction intersect to develop projects which plan to imitate and reproduce phenomena of the Living, to program matter as one programs a computer, to make reactive sets of it to external stimuli, capable of self-assemble and organize on the basis of an internal language.
Do the dreams of some researchers to resuscitate extinct species and the desire for atomic scale matter control not seem to testify to a human fantasy to dominate Nature and the Living ? To equal the almighty creator, to give life to matter or to take it away like the creature of the Golem.

Through the imagination of living matter and the link it seems to weave with fiction, this research work analyzes the new design paradigm that the emergence of this material suggests for the designer. Because if it claims to revolutionize design methods, from matter to object, what are its impacts on the designer's methods of thinking and acting ? And how can he apprehend the thought of an object that is no longer static but dynamic, subject to variations in form ? And what ethical or moral issues does it raise in the face of genetic modification, the programming of living beings, materials and objects ?

Organisée sous la forme d’une édition imprimée, cette recherche s’articule autour de deux approches de l’imaginaire.
La première est historique et fait référence aux ouvrages de littérature et de fiction, aux expériences scientifiques qui nourrissent l’imaginaire d’une matière vivante et des travaux transdisciplinaires d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. 
La seconde est une expérimentation plastique placée en confrontation des théories croisées tout au long de la progression. D’un format plus resserré, ces pages marquent des temps de pause dans la lecture et permettent de construire une réflexion sur les méthodes de projection du designer pour concevoir des objets au multiple visages.

Series of research and experiments about living matter.

Available for free reading on Issuu
Matières actives, matière à fiction - 2019
Credits TypeFont Kerozene New Eliott Grunewald