Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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Involuntary Pairs
by Liina Klauss
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Title:
Involuntary Pairs

Author:
Liina Klauss

Description:
‘Involuntary Pairs’ is a project I have been pursuing since 2013. Every object has been lost at sea and found on a beach in South-East Asia. Matching in pairs follows the principle of sameness. Even though human perception recognises the pairs as same their inherent qualities could not be more different: while one originates from nature the other one is a product of human imagination and manufacturing. What starts as an innocent visual comparison has fatal consequences for wildlife, humans and nature as a whole. Latest research estimates that more than five trillion pieces of plastic weighing 269,000 tons have accumulated in the world oceans and that by 2050 we will have more plastic than fish (by weight) in the oceans (Ellen McArthur Foundation, 2016). Plastic brakes down and is eaten by plankton, small fish, bigger fish and humans at the end of the food chain. What you see here is a small excerpt of a huge ecological catastrophe. ‘Involuntary Pairs’ turn a spotlight onto a seemingly small and so far ignored phenomenon: the merging of man-made and natural materials to the point of inseparability. The endless mass of products from our throw-away culture has gotten out of hands. Picking up litter on beaches I am constantly in touch with nature and the human leftovers therein. What I touch, touches me - that moment not only my hands connect, all of my senses and my heart, too. My personal liberation from the burden of being part of the Anthropocene is my love affair with Nature. It is this love that I pass on to others by bringing them out into the wild. Everything else simply follows from this connection with Nature: awareness, responsibility and action - and last but not least, art. Display options : Original specimen 25 small frames measuring 9x9cm displayed on a wall 12 bigger pairs displayed in a glass vitrine/table measuring min. 1mx2m Photographs 12 photographs sized A4 (specimen printed in their original size 1:1) 2 photographs size A0 (blown-up image pair)
Description:
‘Involuntary Pairs’ is a project I have been pursuing since 2013. Every object has been lost at sea and found on a beach in South-East Asia. Matching in pairs follows the principle of sameness. Even though human perception recognises the pairs as same their inherent qualities could not be more different: while one originates from nature the other one is a product of human imagination and manufacturing. What starts as an innocent visual comparison has fatal consequences for wildlife, humans and nature as a whole. Latest research estimates that more than five trillion pieces of plastic weighing 269,000 tons have accumulated in the world oceans and that by 2050 we will have more plastic than fish (by weight) in the oceans (Ellen McArthur Foundation, 2016). Plastic brakes down and is eaten by plankton, small fish, bigger fish and humans at the end of the food chain. What you see here is a small excerpt of a huge ecological catastrophe. ‘Involuntary Pairs’ turn a spotlight onto a seemingly small and so far ignored phenomenon: the merging of man-made and natural materials to the point of inseparability. The endless mass of products from our throw-away culture has gotten out of hands. Picking up litter on beaches I am constantly in touch with nature and the human leftovers therein. What I touch, touches me - that moment not only my hands connect, all of my senses and my heart, too. My personal liberation from the burden of being part of the Anthropocene is my love affair with Nature. It is this love that I pass on to others by bringing them out into the wild. Everything else simply follows from this connection with Nature: awareness, responsibility and action - and last but not least, art. Display options : Original specimen 25 small frames measuring 9x9cm displayed on a wall 12 bigger pairs displayed in a glass vitrine/table measuring min. 1mx2m Photographs 12 photographs sized A4 (specimen printed in their original size 1:1) 2 photographs size A0 (blown-up image pair)
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