Between genetic edition, microbiota and tissue engineering techniques, Ontologie partagée is a fictional exploration focused on the perception of the boundary between the living and the non-living, the human and the non-human, the visible and the imperceptible. Developed through short speculative narratives in which distant forms of life intermingle and associate, these writings attempt to compare advances in biotechnology and ethical questions relating to the consideration of the living.

"The existence and the ontological thickness of the beings which surround us would depend in a way not only on our capacity to name them, but also on our capacity to perceive them as well as the capacity which we have to be in relation with them . Jessica Borotto, Living in Trouble with Donna Haraway, Dehors Edition.

The growing shortage of organ donation and the aging of the population have contributed to the development of scientific research lines focused on the production of custom physiological devices.
After considering the porcine species as a potential factory for the production of compatible organs for humans, research is now focusing on genetic engineering tools (Crispr-Cas9) or even the manufacture by 3D printing of functional physiological devices (Volumetric Bioprinting Device). This latter technique, similar to those used to produce everyday consumer goods, seems to question the status of these elements, on the edge of living things and standardized household objects.
Imperceptible, invisible and silent. The physiological devices of the human body are being(s).
They are assemblies, meetings and associations. They form the mass of a body with a plural identity and yet with a unitary appearance. In the depths of fiction, these beings are invited to share inter and intra species encounters thanks to the development of tissue engineering tools, transplantation and grafting processes that make human and non-human intertwine. And thus lead to glimpse these vagabond life forms as mediation and exchange supports with a constantly changing environment.

Then through fictional stories, communication bridges are deployed between entities chatting in a microscopic cloud and the scale of human perception. The almost immobile and the dynamic, the inert and the living covet each other to form more-than-living agglomerates on which interactions of a new kind are taking shape. Humans and non-humans meet to give voice to invisible beings, hidden and scattered in the interstices of the human(s).

















Ontologie partagée - 2019