Filtranisme Movement

Art as an order of life

In times of global challenges, interdisciplinary research towards the expansion of human knowledge is one of the most important developments of our time and the filtranisme has been working in this field for over thirty years. -Joseph Pace

Le filtranisme (filterism) is an artistic and philosophical movement that originates in the mid-’80s in Paris. The first manifesto was published at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris on 23 July 1987. It’s key figures are Joseph Pace, the poet Pablo Maria Landi and doctor Jean-Marc Mayenga. The word filter, from which the filtranism derives, comes from the Latin filtrum and is later taken up by the French filtre

For Joseph Pace, “lthe notion of filter characterizes the continuous historical-social formation processes that form each individual”. 

Noting That: “Humans make themselves by a social contruction of reality, through an historical, social and mental filtering process.”

Explaining: “To breathe, think, act, we must all receive sooner or later “something” from the outside. It is a need that we cannot fail to satisfy by ourselves. To live we must filter the air, water, food, as well as relationships, economics, politics or love. And most of the time people are unaware of this process.” 


Filtranisme originates with the awareness that the individual lives, acts, and thinks within partially crystallized patterns, which are indeed the result of the interaction between men, but compared to the individual they acquire an independent reality that pre-exists and conditions him in every single aspect of his existence. 

Explaining:The fact of filtering food, air, music, art, or politics, economy or love, makes us all “unaware filters” of in every moment of our life.”

Stating: “What all human beings have in common is the fundamental doctrine that the ‘filterist’ attitude, the attitude to filter, precedes the essence.”

In 1990, the multimedia Brazilian artist Sergio Valle Duarte, and the Italian director of photography Tommaso Biciocchi, joined the enlarged Filtranistes group.  

According to the filtranist view, in the course of their life human beings try to make a self-portrait of themselves as precise as possible, as they believe that this image helps them to live more adequately in the world as they perceive it. This self-portrait allows human beings to have greater knowledge of themselves and the world around them and it does not matter if this knowledge is true or false. It is in this perspective that filtranism offers an image of the human self that overcomes the limits inherent in the classical positions of contemporary art and philosophy of the mind.

Acording to Joseph Pace the “Third Millennium” must create a new era for art and for people.

Stating: “Not as sufferance, or decline, or failure, but in a ecologic challenge, to put the human being back at the primacy of life through beauty, intelligence, hope, and dynamism.” 

Exlpaining: “By the beauty, the aim of filtrerism is to return man at the center of the Universe, in harmony with people, nature and world.”

Filtranisme opens new paths towards a future better self-knowledge, for an ecology of the mind.

(Video by Bruno Zarzaca)

Filtranisme believes in the bright light of a new enlightenment, and in our ability to make this world. Against a sense of disorientation and confusion, Filtranisme emphasizes the pragmatic, practical application of ideas by acting on them to actually test them in human experiences. 

Noting that: Not always contemporary digital and visual technologies offer us new opportunities from our real needs. We need to wake up ourselves as to what is really important to us.”

Starting in the 90s, Filtraniste 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 and of self-actualization.

Filterism offer a means of analyzing energy in art and expressing dynamism through the beauty. Filtranisme argues that the starting point of philosophical thought must be the individual experience. 

Stating: “Filterism is ‘Nascent State’, the moment in which people, living things, new ideas and communication, come together to a new reality. Filterism experience merges to unite new comunication, art, knowledge, sciences, techniques and different generations throughout the world.”

Intellectuals and artists such as Kurt Heinrich Wolff, Alberto Izzo, Mascia Ferri, Jacques Garelli, Albert Russo, have all been intrested on filtranisme.

Actually filterism have a global comunication 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 articulate an international art conversation. The ideas of filterism remain as significant components of our contemporary culture.”