Le Filtranisme

Le filtranisme (filterism), an artistic and philosophical movement which takes as its starting point the experience of the human subject.

Founded in Paris in the mid-1980’s by Joseph Pace, the poet Pablo Maria Landi, and doctor Jean-Marc Mayenga, the term “filtranisme” refer to human beings existential perception. 

Filtranisme was launched in the ‘Manifesto Filtraniste’ at the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris, Collége Franco-Britannique, in July 1987. The founding manifesto did not contained a positive artistic programe. In February 1988 the Hulot Gallery in Paris held Pace’s exhibition “Paysages Filtranistes”. 

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 work from figurative painting to abstract expressionism. 

In January 1990, in Rome, Pace signed the statement from the now-enlarged filtranists group. As was for French existentialism, the filterism also mostly express through Pace’s work that not a proper theoretical system.  

Filtranisme investigates and challenges legitimacy and restriction of the contemporary belief, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties of our times, concerning the media stream  and social media system.

Filtranisme recognizes to man the possibility to repossess the ability to be independent of the experience of life. Explaining: “…The fact of filter air, art, love, water, food or politics, makes all of us filterists in every moment of our lives.” 

Filterism is a sort of ‘nascent state’, a condition in which people, new ideas and communication come together to new dimensions and realities. 

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. And the idea of filterism remain as significant component of our contemporary culture.