Le Filtranisme

Filtranisme, Filterism, is an aesthetic and philosophical neo-existecialist movement founded in Paris in the mid-1980’s by Joseph Pace, the poet Pablo Maria Landi, and the physiologist 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 Collège Franco-Britannique, Cité Universitaire Internationale of Paris in july 1987. The founding manifesto did not contained a positive artistic programme. As was for the existentialism of Jean Paul Sarte and André Camus, “filtranisme” also express more through Joseph Pace’s, Sergio Valle Duarte’s, and Pablo Maria Landi’s work.

Filterism explores and challenges validity and limits of the human beliefs systems, and dissect the tensions and uncertainties of our times. It gives an artistic and intellectual pathway with which reinterpret many of our psychic realities. 

Distrust toward ideologies and great narratives, filterism recognizes to man the possibility to repossess the ability to be independent of the experience of life, thanks to an intellectual capacity to act as a filter, as well by dropping the sediments that make up our personality.

Noting that: “The fact of filter air, art, love, water, food or politics, makes all of us filterists in every moment of our lives. Filtrerism is the art of reducing complexity. It emphasizes the human beings existential filtering attitude, and explores and challenges validity and limits of the human beliefs systems”. Stating: “Filterism is a step towards an ecology of mind. Our brain is not programmed to make us living free and in peace. What we believe in is the result of how we think.” Explaining: “Filterism attitude is opposed of a sense of permanent conflict, disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless and absurd world.” 

Noting that: “To survive 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. To know that our brain, our culture, our knowledge play often against us, can be a great help.”

In the late 1980s, the encounter with the Surrender and Catch epistemological concepts by the American sociologist Kurt Heinrich Wolff, inspired Joseph Pace to deeply explore what the “filterism universal intuition” is about.

Explaining: “Filterism is a nascent state, a condition in which people, new ideas and communication come together to a new realities.” Stating: “Filterism emphasize possibilities of new forms of creativity, filtering pragmatic, practical application of ideas by acting on them to actually test them in human experiences.” 

Sergio Valle Duarte and Joseph Pace, also represented future developments in scientific though by anticipating in their works the latest theories in DNA future applications (Electrophotographs and Photographs with Human Hair for Future Cloning, Sergio Valle Duarte’s Series), and in neurosciences the complex relationships between brain, mind, and algorithms (MIDAS –Algorithms mind-map- sculptures, and IDM Irremovability of the Memories, Joseph Pace’s painting and sculpture series).

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.”