Le Filtranisme

Filtranisme (Filterism) is an artistic and philosophical movement which takes as its starting point the experience of the human subject.

‘Le Filtranisme’ was born from the desire to help such people to find their place in the world. It was founded in Paris in the mid-1980’s by Joseph Pace, the poet Pablo Maria Landi, and doctor Jean-Marc Mayenga. The term “filtranisme” refers to human being existential perception.

‘Le filtranisme’ was launched in the ‘Manifesto Filtraniste’ at the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris, in July 1987. The founding manifesto did not contained a positive artistic programe. As was for French existentialism, the filterism also mostly express through Pace’s work that not a proper theoretical system.  

A former assistant professor of Sociology of Knowledge and Art and History of Sociology at the Sapienza Rome University (1996 – 2008), since emerging onto the international art scene in the late 1990, Joseph Pace has created installations, paintings and sculptures that examine the complex relationships between art and beauty. 

Filterism is a condition in which people, new ideas and communication come together to new dimensions and realities. 

Significant is the encounter in the late 1980s with the sociologist and painter Kurt Heinrich Wolff, regarding the epistemological Surrender-and-Catch concepts. The confrontation with Kurt Wolff influenced Joseph Pace artistic and philosophical work from figurative painting to abstract expressionism. 

In January 1990, in his home in Rome, Pace signed the statement from the now-enlarged filtranists group.

Actually filtranisme 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.