We are slowly realizing that our body is an ecosystem full of biodiversity, where complex societies of microbes live in and on our bodies. If fifty percent of the cells that constitute our body are not human but microbial, how can we get in touch with our co-habitants? How to approach the microbial body, the microbial interplay between humans and other living species? What does this mean for our self-recognition, for our concepts of autonomy, and for the borders of our self?
Fifty Percent Human creates an in-between space, addressing uncertainties, ambiguities, and imagination linked to the microbial paradigm shift both on an aesthetic and an epistemological level. Fifty Percent Human presents a damp environment, filled with enlarged transparent and liquid membrane-bound microbial cells, collectively swimming, lying, or floating. Is it possible to sense a language by which we can encounter non-verbal microorganisms through touch?