Following the flat recovered image of the ruler (http://dm.ncl.ac.uk/meteor/2014/12/23/a-technique-review-photoshop-and-a-serendipity-a/), here, the ruler became REAL, by glueing 5 identical pieces together of its blueprint.
The original material chosen by Newcastle University to make the ruler was polyprolene–macromolecular compound which is exactly what we call in the daily life as plastic.
Its recycling processes include:
1. To bury: Hard for degradation and waste land resource;
2. To burn: Poisonous air pollutants are generated;
3. To melt and reform: Environmentally friendly, if, the way to increase the temperature is environmentally friendly itself.
Theme: Memory recycling
If, the essence of recycling is to make the material useful again, then the memory in one’s brain can experience radical recycling process: The part once she thought couldn’t be given enough justifications, might be meaningful through restructuring.
Take the university’s exchange programs for example:
2007-2008, A, Harvard Yenching Fellow, (to), Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
2014-2015, C (the author), Peking University, (to), Newcastle University
The meaning lies in that once somebody comes, somebody must leave—as a manifestation of the author’s belief that there exists a energy balance. Imagine each person is a load of energy whose main function is to process the information obtained from the world: Input from the nose, mouth, ears and eyes, while output through his or her own performance (exactly like computers). If someone (or a pack of energy) leaves for a place, there must be someone from another place who comes to supplement the vacant position of that person who leaves. What’s more, there is no rule that this exchange process should happen in the meantime. This means, for example, in 2009 somebody came to place A, but it may be not until 2014 that somebody else left A—This, is a matter of energy gathering and dissipation process, which always varies in speed.
Thus, there must be a B, from Newcastle University to Harvard University, in the zone 2007-2015.
Flusser, V. (1990) On Memory (Electronic or Otherwise) Leonardo, Vol. 23, No. 4 (1990), pp. 397-399.