In times of global challenges as migrations, climate change, pandemics, interdisciplinary research in the intrests of extending knowledge is one of the most important developments of our time. When this research involves the convergence of Art and Science, the relationships between them assume particular importance. In collaboration with a number of distingushed research scientists and intellectuals Filtranisme has been working in this field for over thirty years.
For Joseph Pace the third millennium must create a new era for art: “Not as sufferance, or decline, or failure, but in a humanistic challenge, to put the human being back at the primacy of beauty, intelligence, hope, and dynamism.” Explaining: “By the beauty, the aim of filtrerism is to return man at the center of the Universe, in an optic close to the Italian Renaissance which was for two centuries the epicentre of the dimension of sublime art for the human being.”
“Le Filtranisme”, Filterism in English, originates in Paris in the mid-’80s. Video.The term filtranisme comes from the Latin “filtrum”(felt), and from the Medieval Latin verb “filtrare” (to filter).
Filtranisme is to be intended as a philosophic current applied to living art. It takes as its starting point as a critical re-foundation of thought, art, and of rational sciences. It emphasizes the experience of the human subject, physiological, mental and social filtering attitude. Its key figures are the Italians Pablo Maria Landi, Joseph Pace, the French Jean-Marc Mayenga, Philippe Montefusco, and the Brazilian Sergio Valle Duarte.
On April 1987, Pace launched the movement in the first ‘Manifesto Filtraniste’ at the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris. The founding manifesto did not contained a positive artistic program. Noting that: “This committed filterists to a “universal filtranisme” practicing in every medium of art“.
Filterism is characterized by the human beings existencial filtering attitude. Noting that: “The fact of filter food, air, music, art, love or politics, makes filterists of us all in every moment of our lives.” Explaining: “Human beings make themselves by a constant existential, physiological and mental filtering process. To survive they have to filter air, water, light, food; and to survive peolpe also have filter politics, economy, love. For the most of the time the man is aware of this.” Stating: What all human beings have in common is the fundamental doctrine that the filterist attitude precedes essence.“
Filterism offer a means of analyzing energy in art and expressing dynamism through beauty.
In a humanist position emerges a debate which shows the necessity that wishes to place man at the centre of the universe. Close to skeptic postmodern positions and distrust toward ideologies and grand narratives, based on the “freedom” and “anguish” existentialists concepts, filetrism argues that the starting point of philosophic thought must be the individual experience. Stating: “Filterism is a sort of ‘nascent state’, the moment in which people, living things, new ideas and communication, come together to a new reality. Filterism experience merges to unite knowledge, sciences, art, techniques and different generations.”
In November 1990 in Rome, Pace signed the act of the enlarged filtraniste’s group which they later joined Sergio Valle Duarte, Tommaso Biciocchi, Stefano Carbone, Antonio Conte. Starting in the 90s, Pace’s thought takes an increasingly sociological turn, stressing the importance of the relation between art, the individual and society, and favouring an applied sociology of art of self-actualization and creativity.
Against a sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless and absurd world, Filterism emphasizes the pragmatic, practical application of ideas by acting on them to actually test them in human experiences. Explaining: “Also contemporary digital and visual technologies, social networks, and world news, offer us new opportunities from our real needs. We need to wake up ourselves as to what is really important.”
Actually filterism have a global perspectives. It explores a range of contemporary art practices around the world, looking closely at central ideas, artists, and artworks as well as the social and cultural contexts in which the work is being produced. Explaining: “Filtrerism’s future perspectives are today a opportunity to connect ideas and practices, artists and artistic events to articulate an international art conversation. The ideas of filterism remain as significant components of our contemporary culture.”