FILTRATE was a 2-year multidisciplinary project exploring the physical isolation and digital disconnectivity created by online filter bubbles.
When users’ feeds are determined by past consumption habits, feedback loops form and communities are made increasingly homogenous, forming filter bubbles. The transformation of the internet from an open architecture to a system of separate silo-like networks has already had profound effects. Montreal’s metro system served as the central inspiration for a speculative future: If social groups continue to diverge, at what point does humanity cease to be just one species? Each station, designed by a different architect, possesses its own distinct aesthetic, forming a network that is simultaneously interconnected and starkly differentiated. Combining radical costumes by artist Odette Mattha, guerrilla filmmaking, analog photography, and urban intervention, FILTRATE created a post-human future and the disparate beings who populate it.