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Tertium Non Data / Gülnur Özdağlar

27.02.2015
Vol. 3

“Tertium Non Data” is the name that Gülnur Özdağlar gives to the objects that she makes by transforming the plastic bottles. It is an alchemist saying in Latin; it means “The Third Is Not Given”...A transformation of an element into another, for example the can transformed into pure gold is a mysterious process. The third thing that affects the transformation is not known. The knowledge of a transformation of a household waste into a nice and usable object within this framework is a ‘third data’...

“Tertium Non Data” is the name that Gülnur Özdağlar gives to the objects that she makes by transforming the plastic bottles. It is an alchemist saying in Latin; it means “The Third Is Not Given”...A transformation of an element into another, for example the can transformed into pure gold is a mysterious process. The third thing that affects the transformation is not known. The knowledge of a transformation of a household waste into a nice and usable object within this framework is a ‘third data’... Today in the world, the material that is obtained as a result of recycled plastics is always one with a lower quality as compared to the first version; every transformation eventually results in a nonusable waste. Unlike glass, paper and metal, these plastics that can only go into the recirculation in a lower form is reincarnated by loading up the values of a new world at the hands of Gülnur Özdağlar. When a new value is added to the material in a way that would exceed its value that has declined with the first use, what we have now is not re but upcycling. Collecting, cutting, heating, melting, perforating, reshaping the plastic bottles, Gülnur turns them into desirable objects, jewelries, accessories. She believes that it will be a new plastic material that will not go from cradle to the grave, but back to the cradle without suffering any loss, and this will “shape the creation of forms”, not recycling, and not even upcycling but “karma compensation” will be the focus, thus a better world will come in. www.gulnurozdaglar.com
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