The Mutato-Archive is a collection of non-standard fruits roots and vegetables, displaying a dazzling variety of forms, colours and textures, that only reveal themselves when lawfully enforced standards cease to exist. The complete absence of botanical anomalies in our supermarkets has caused us to regard the consistency of produce presented there as natural. Produce has become a highly designed, monotonous product. We have forgotten, and in many cases never experienced, the way fruits, roots, and vegetables can actually look. The Mutato-Project serves to document and preserve these last survivors of biological variety.
Uli Westphal’s work evolves around magnificent natural phenomena, as well as human conceptions and misconceptions of nature. Utilizing scientific methods such as simulations, collections, classification- and representation-systems, he thereby generates a new type of natural history; one that is based on actual, existing occurrences, but that defines the term nature as a primarily cultural construct.