Le filtranisme, filterism, is the artistic and philosophical neo-existecialist movement founded in Paris in the mid-1980’s by Joseph Pace, the poet Pablo Maria Landi, and doctor Jean-Marc Mayenga. The term filtranisme comes from the Latin “filtrum”, felt used to strain impurities from liquid.
Filtranisme was launched in the ‘Manifesto Filtraniste’ at the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris, Collège Franco-Britannique, in July 1987. The founding manifesto did not contained a positive artistic programe. As has been for the existencialism of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, also the filtranisme is more artistically expressed through Pace’s work that not a proper theoretical system.
Pace’s encounter with the Surrender and Catch epistemological concepts of the American sociologist Kurt Heinrich Wolff, in the late 1980s inspired the artist to deeply explore what the filterism universal intuition is about. Stating: “Filtranisme investigates legitimacy and restriction of the human belief systems and dissects the hedonism of our times.”
Distrust toward ideologies and great narratives, Pace recognizes to man the possibility to repossess the ability to be independent of the experience of life. Stating: “The fact of filter air, art, love, water, food or politics, makes all of us filterists in every moment of our lives. Filterism attitude is opposed of a sense of permanent conflict, disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless and absurd world.“
Explaining: “Our brain is not programmed to make us living free and in peace. What we believe in is the result of how we think.” Noting that: “Observing nature, Filtranisme gives an artistic and intellectual pathway with which reinterpret many of our psychic realities.”
Explaining: “For a living we have filter air, water, food, as well as filter economy, politics or love. But our brain does not help us to understand this process and for the most of the time we are unaware of that. We need to wake up ourselves for what is really important and works for us. Most often our brain, does not help us to solve many of the issue. The knowledge that, our brain, our culture, our knowledge often plays irrationally against us, can be a great help.”
“Filterism is a nascent state, a condition in which people, new ideas and communication come together to a new realities.” Explaining: “Filterism emphasize possibilities of new forms of creativity, filtering pragmatic, sequential and practical application of ideas by acting on them to actually test them in human experiences. Doubt of our thoughts, criticize them, and decide what to do, could be a great help.”
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 idea of filterism remain as significant component of our contemporary culture.”