Involuntary Pairs Card Game by liina klauss 不是天生一對

Limited copies signed by the artist liina klauss


Involuntary Pairs is a collection of objects of marine plastic pollution, individually picked up from Asian beaches by artist liina klauss since 2013.  Each man-made object is matched with an item found in nature to form an Involuntary Pair:  the two objects look alike, yet one originates from nature, the other from human manufacturing.  Can you see the difference?

藝術家 liina  klauss 自2013年以來從亞洲多個海灘撿拾了一系列的海洋塑膠污染物。 一件人造海洋垃圾配對一件自然生物標本,形成「不是天生一對」: 兩件物件看起來相似,但一樣來自大自然,另一樣來自工業生產線。 你能看出不一樣嗎?「不是天生一對」探索人造物件丟失在大自然的含義。
Contains 52 cards and one poster




When you go to the beach, what do you find? Sea-shells, some algae, maybe a crab and lots of plastic: a bottle-cap, a candy-wrapper, even an old shoe. These items belong in human hands, not in the ocean! Plastics have invaded the natural environment to such an extent that it is hard to separate the natural from the manufactured.


Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans. Of these 60% originate from South-East Asia. The Involuntary Pairs you see in this game are items found on beaches in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan and Malaysia.


Though unseen from the surface, the implications of marine plastic are profound: Fish, seabirds, turtles, and marine mammals mistakenly eat plastic, since plastic can look like fish eggs, crabs, jellyfish, algae and other items found in nature, leading to poisoning, starvation and death. Additionally animals can become entangled in plastic causing suffocation and drowning. This problem ultimately affects us all, as plastic waste contaminates the food we eat and the water we drink. We are living in the age of a plastic crisis.


Governments, scientists, and corporations are starting to take action to reverse the plastic crisis. There are improvements in waste collection practices, an upscaling of recycling capacities, and outright legislating bans on certain uses for plastic. Start-ups are collaborating with scientists to invent plastic alternatives as well as researching ways to break down plastics faster. Corporations are innovating through good design, and reducing materials at the source. How can you be part of this movement? You can take action by refusing single-use plastics like straws, take-away food containers, and plastic bags; support green shops and businesses; join beach clean-ups, and tell your friends and families about the plastic crisis!



About the artist:

liina klauss is a German artist & activist who explores visual and conceptual perceptions of waste. Her works translate environmental pollution into over-flowing installations of screaming colours and horrifying abundance. liina creates anything from large-scale land-art to delicate mosaics. With "Involuntary Pairs" she explores new perspectives between the individual and the collective, distance and tangibility, beauty and shock and between perceptions of significance and trivia.



Involuntary Pairs Card Game by liina klauss 不是天生一對