The recycle artistic community Mutonia, that creates installations called mutants by using waste materials, is located in Santarcangelo di Romagna. The village is set down the Marecchia, a river that rises in the Tuscan-Emilian Appenines and stretches along the Valmarecchia, flowing into the Adriatic sea nearby Rimini.

Mutonia, known as an artistic parc, has a very particular history that begins in London in the mid-Eighties. It’s an extreme place, where common life traces to which we are generally accustomed are quite hard to find. Maybe that’s what makes it fascinating and curious to us that consider normal to be able to daily drawn on every kind of comfort.

What does it do

Mutonia is a community that lives basing its existence to artistic and manual labour. The choice of depriving themselves of any type of comfort that derives from a classic lifestyle is due to radical ideas on life. These ideas reflect the connection between man and nature or the benefits that come from art and creativity, against a urban lifestyle which is chaotic and absolutely non-stimulant.

In Mutonia we come across strange, mythological and monstrous creatures. It’s a trip to the dreamy dimension of a film set, far from each of our ways of looking at the world. The inhabitants, all artists, invent and build automas, robots, even mechanicals, using only waste materials. Those materials, that can in this way continue their life cycle, are pieces of cars, plastic, tubes or engines.

The Mutonia ready made

Every material used in Mutonia not only regain new life, but also a new meaning, we could say a support of this artistic thought that wanted each everyday object to be able to become object of art. It was in 1915 when Duchamp experiments started, followed by Man Ray, Picabia and Manzoni with the conceptual art of ready made. A mental process that passed through the assignment of a different role to a common object. An object extranged from its own context and put, for example, in a art gallery, gained a different meaning and became work of art. Despite the recovered waste materials in Mutonia are assembled together and do not consitute an object of art themselves, the mental process could may recall the ready made one. Every recovered object assumes a different role from the one it was first created for, contributing to the creation of a work of art.

Mutonia’s history

The project was born in London in the mid-eighties with the name of Mutoid Waste Company. . The founders were the british writer Joe Rush and Robin Cooke. The Mutoid Waste Company was the natural consequence of an historical period extremely focused on the capitalism that surrounded England in those times. Margaret Thatcher had implented regressive manoeuvres even avoiding strikes. Part of the people suddenly found themselves poor and without a home, so decided to occupy abandoned places. It was in this sidelined dimension that the Mutoid Waste Company came to life. The community came to Italy during the Ninethie, precisely in Santarcangelo di Romagna, in the province of Rimini, after some years spent in Berlin. After various vicissitudes where it risked dismantling, the City of Santarcangelo rejected the TAR ordinance that demanded the demolition of Mutonia and the cities of Bologna and Ravenna declared it a“city property”.