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Museum Hosts Curator Walkthrough

Museum of Contemporary Craft, in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, presents a Curator Walkthrough at noon Tuesday, December 8 at the Museum, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Join Museum Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers for a behind-the-scenes look at the three exhibitions currently on view—Transference, Elusive Matter, and The Academy is Full of Craft.

“Learn more”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/.

Posted on 12/07 at 09:55 AM

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MFA in Visual Studies Presents Laura Parnes

The MFA in Visual Studies program presents artist Laura Parnes in a lecture, Thursday December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., part of the College’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Laura Parnes will discuss her work, videos and installations that are informed by traditions and genres in both narrative film and video art that seek to blur the lines between conventions of story telling and experimentation.

Her most recent work, “Blood and Guts in High School,” an adaptation of Kathy Acker’s 1984 novel of the same name, made the top-10 list of experimental film/videos in the Village Voice for 2005. The New York Times stated of the film, “Filmed on bare-bones sets put together in gallery spaces, the video is a model of how to bring off an ambitions project with scant resources, and also of how to respect source material while transforming it.” Parnes has taught at New York University and The New School and joined Bennington faculty in fall of 2004. Her work has screened and exhibited widely in the US and internationally.

Learn more about “Laura Parnes”:www.lauraparnes.com/.


MFA in Visual Studies Lecture: Laura Parnes
Thursday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Free and open to the public

Posted on 12/07 at 09:55 AM

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PNCA Holiday Art Sale Supports Local Artists

Support local artists—shop for holiday gifts at PNCA’s annual Holiday Art Sale, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 10 in the Swigert Commons. All proceeds benefit PNCA artists.

Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork, crafts, clothing and more, the sale is a great opportunity to get quality gifts, handmade by Pacific Northwest College of Art students. From fine art prints, paintings, and sculpture to hand-crafted adornments, the sale transforms the College’s Commons into a showcase of outstanding holiday gifts.

Holiday Art Sale
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, December 10–11;
11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, December 12
PNCA Main Campus Building
Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Posted on 12/04 at 04:45 PM

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Watch and Listen: Public Art / Public Parks

Eloise Damrosch, Executive Director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), and Portland-based artist and PNCA faculty member Victor Maldonado discuss Portland’s rich legacy of public art. This conversation took place September 23, 2009 at Cyan/PDX.

Presented by PNCA and Cyan/PDX. A Gerding Edlen Development Project with Pacific Northwest College of Art.

“Listen to a podcast of Public Art / Public Parks.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592574

“Watch a video excerpt on YouTube.”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlUm-3K6gfQ

Posted on 12/03 at 04:14 PM

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Transference and Elusive Matter at MoCC


“Museum of Contemporary Craft”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/ in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents two new exhibitions Elusive Matter, and Transference.

Transference is is an exploration of the material and aural properties of glass. Portland-based artists Andy Paiko (glass) and Ethan Rose (sound/composition) collaborate to create a kinetic-sound installation reinterpreting the glass armonica, a nearly forgotten instrument.

Elusive Matter explores craft-based media through film and photography, challenging common expectations that craft results in a physical object. Using film’s ability to capture time and space, the works on view by artists Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman focus on material phenomena and abstract process rather than on form.

Exhibition
Transference
Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose
Through January 9, 2010

Exhibition
Elusive Matter
Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman
Through January 16, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Image courtesy of the artist

Posted on 12/01 at 10:53 AM

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MFA Applied Craft & Design Lecture: Aly Khalifa

Designer Aly Khalifa presented an MFA in Applied Craft & Design Lecture on November 12, 2009. This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, Portland, Oregon. Co-presented by Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Khalifa started Gamil Design in October of 1995 to combine his talents of design, engineering and product development. He has degrees in both Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. His work has ranged from innovative wind tunnel testing to a patented eyewear system.

Khalifa has worked in plastic, fabric and metal in the consumer products, sporting good and medical equipment industries and has been a Visiting Professor at North Carolina State University School of Design and has led many creativity workshops.

“Listen to an audio podcast of Khalifa’s Lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592415

Posted on 11/30 at 05:08 PM

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MFA Applied Craft & Design Lecture: Ellen Dissanayake

Independent scholar, author, and lecturer Ellen Dissanayake presented an MFA in Applied Craft & Design Lecture. This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, Portland, Oregon on October 29, 2009.

Dissanayake’s writings about the arts synthesize many disciplines and draw upon 15 years of living and working in non-Western countries. Her Darwinian viewpoint provides a broader understanding of the arts than is customary in most theoretical approaches: the arts are integral to human nature and they evolved to help individuals adapt to their physical and social environments. DIssanayake is Affiliate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington, Seattle.

“Listen to a podcast of Dissanayake’s lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592410

Posted on 11/30 at 03:52 PM

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Monthly Podcast: November 2009 Exhibitions

Finn Grey ’10 speaks with PNCA students, alumni and visiting artists about current exhibitions in Portland and beyond. Originally broadcast on “PNCA Radio”:http://radio.pnca.edu.

Taryn Tomasello ’11 talks about her video installation in the PNCA BFA Gallery.

Intermedia major Gabi Villasenor ’10 talks about her digital installation in the PNCA Higgins Gallery.

Shannon Richardson ’02 discusses her series of new paintings exhibited at the “Churchill Gallery”:http://www.thechurchillgallery.com in Newburyport, MA

Hsueh Wei 薛玮, Associate Professor of Photography, and exhibiting student Alfredo Lettenmaier talk about “Global Studios: China MFA and BFA Student Exhibition”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/713/2009-global-studios-china-mfa-and-bfa-student-exhibition on view at PNCA’s Gallery 214. Hsueh and Lettenmaier also recount their stay in China during the summer of 2009 to study contemporary art, design, society, politics, language and culture.

“Listen to interviews by artists exhibiting at PNCA and beyond in November 2009”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592399

Posted on 11/30 at 12:34 PM

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Faculty Member Daniel Duford Publishes "The Naked Boy," a New Graphic Novel

Daniel Duford, faculty member in the sculpture, intermedia and illustration departments, has released The Naked Boy, a new print-on-demand graphic novel. This first edition of a three-part series follows an unformed little boy following the railroad west to save his sister. Along the way he alters the landscape, America’s mythic subconscious. The Naked Boy features an introduction by Barry Sanders, PNCA’s writer-in-residence, and includes pin-ups by artists Jeff Lemire, C. Hollow, Seamus Heffernan, Annie Murphy, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Ryan Bubnis and Zack Rau.

“See Duford speak more about his work in a video profile at PNCA’s Untitledmagazine.”:http://untitled.pnca.edu/articles/show/378/

“Read more about The Naked Boy at lulu.com.”:http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-naked-boy-part-1/5945927

“See The Naked Boy released serially online at Duford’s blog.”:http://www.danielduford.blogspot.com/

Posted on 11/25 at 04:04 PM

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MFA Applied Craft & Design Lecture: Zahid Sardar

Zahid Sardar presents Material World: The Currency of Craft, an MFA in Applied Craft & Design Lecture. This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, Portland, Oregon on October 22, 2009.

Zahid Sardar is the author and designer of New Garden Design and San Francisco Modern. He has written about architecture, interiors, craft and design for the San Francisco Examiner, and the San Francisco Chronicle where, for 20 years, he has held various titles including Architecture & Design Editor for the Chronicle magazine and most recently, San Francisco Chronicle Design Editor. Sardar has lectured widely about architecture, interior design and garden design and has participated on design juries for various organizations including the American Institute of Architects. His current lectures at Bay Area schools about the history of design focus on the return and value of craft in industrial design. Sardar has also written for House & Garden, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Metropolis, Architecture, among others.

“Listen to a podcast of Zahid Sardar’s Lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592049

“Watch an excerpt of Zahid Sardar’s Lecture on YouTube”:http://www.youtube.com/user/PNCAVideo#p/a/u/0/V_lVyXcV3TE

Posted on 11/24 at 04:09 PM

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Painting Faculty Member Modou Dieng a Critic's Pick on Artforum

Modou Dieng, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, is now listed as a Critic’s Pick on Artforum.com for Black Star, his work currently on view at “The Art Gym at Marylhurst University”:http://www.marylhurst.edu/theartgym/2009artstars.php. The work is shown in conjunction with Io Palmer’s ArtStars, on view through December 13.

Modou Dieng is a native of Senegal, where he earned a BFA from the École National des Beaux-Arts in Dakar. He now holds an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and has shown his work widely throughout the United States and Europe. Dieng also manages “Work/Sound Gallery”:http://www.myspace.com/worksoundpdx in Southeast Portland.

From the review:
“Dieng overlays silk-screened images of Malcolm X with actual albums (and their covers) by Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, and Isaac Hayes. The albums transmit a vibrant, kinetic energy and hark back to Marcel Duchamp’s Rotorelief devices. Yet Dieng takes on the history of the readymade and Pop art with a fresh attitude and finesse.”

“Read the full review of ArtStars and Black Star on Artforum.com.”:http://artforum.com/picks/section=us#picks24213

Posted on 11/24 at 12:21 PM

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Print Gallery Presents Work by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka


The PNCA Printmaking Department is proud to present 12 woodcuts by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka from his series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, opening December 3 in the PNCA Printmaking Gallery.

Yoshitoshi was the most influential and prolific print artist of the Meiji period (1868-1912) in Japan. With his prints, Yoshitoshi attempted to preserve the ancient culture of Japan as it was confronted by the arrival of Western culture represented by the “Black Ships” of Admiral Perry.

Yoshitoshi’s masterpiece, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is a series of 100 woodcuts which explore Japanese and Chinese history, literature and folklore using the moon as a unifying motif. The series was a huge success and each print was sold out on the day it was released to the public.

These 12 prints from the series are part of the Japanese print collection of Irwin Lavenberg, who will be present at the opening reception from 6-8 pm, Thursday, December 3.

Exhibition | Woodcuts from Yoshitoshi Tsukioka’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
First Thursday Opening | 6–8 p.m., Thursday, December 3
PNCA Main Campus Building, Printmaking Gallery, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Image courtesy of the print collection of Irwin Lavenberg

Posted on 11/23 at 03:04 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Lecture: Nina Katchadourian

Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian presents a lecture about her work in photography, sculptures, video and sound. Pieces discussed include Accent Elimination, GIFT/GIFT, The Mended Spiderwebs Series, Natural Car Alarms, Office Semaphor, Talking Popcorn and Zoo. Introduction by Arnold Kemp, Chair, MFA in Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art.

This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon on November 19, 2009.

“Listen to a podcast of Nina Katchadourian’s Lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/591852

Posted on 11/23 at 12:30 PM

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Elusive Matter Opens at MoCC


Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents Elusive Matter, an exhibition of work that challenges the expectations of craft, November 19 through January 16 at the Museum.

Elusive Matter uses film and photography to explore craft-based media, challenging common expectations that craft results in a physical object. Using film’s ability to capture time and space, the works on view by artists Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman focus on material phenomena and abstract process rather than on form.

Exhibition
Elusive Matter
Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman
November 19, 2009 – January 16, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Read more about “Elusive Matter”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/?f=2009_11_elusive

Image courtesy of the artist

Posted on 11/18 at 10:00 AM

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Transference Opens at MoCC


Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents Transference, an exploration of the material and aural properties of glass by artists Andy Paiko (glass) and Ethan Rose (sound/composition), November 19, 2009–January 9, 2010 at the Museum.

Through a dynamic collaboration, Paiko and Rose created a kinetic sound installation that reinterprets the glass armonica, a nearly forgotten instrument that was popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The armonica features a series of glass goblets, water and friction to create sounds evoking a “singing” wine glass.

Learn more about “Transference”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/?f=2009_11_transference.

Explore the work “Andy Paiko”:http://andypaikoglass.com/.

Discover the work of “Ethan Rose”:http://www.ethanrosemusic.com/.

Uncover the “history of the glass armonica”:http://www.pbs.org/benfranklin/l3_inquiring_glass.html.

Exhibition | Transference
November 19, 2009–January 9, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Free with Museum admission


Photo by Heather Zinger ’10

Posted on 11/17 at 03:13 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Welcomes Artist Nina Katchadourian


The MFA in Visual Studies program welcomes artist Nina Katchadourian in a free lecture, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19, part of the PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Nina Katchadourian’s work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo.

In 2006, the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled All Forms of Attraction. Katchadourian is represented by “Sara Meltzer Gallery”:http://www.sarameltzergallery.com/artist.php?artist=katchadourian in New York and “Catharine Clark Gallery”:http://www.cclarkgallery.com/artists/katchadourian.html in San Francisco.

MFA in Visual Studies Lecture
Nina Katchadourian
6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 19
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Learn more about “Nina Katchadourian’s work”:http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/.

Read a “Sunday Times blog piece”:http://timesonline.typepad.com/environment/2009/11/repair-manifesto.html on Katchadourian’s work.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 11/17 at 03:09 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Chair Arnold J. Kemp a Critics' Pick on Artforum.com


Micah Malone reviewed recently Arnold J. Kemp’s This Quiet Dust, Ladies and Gentleman in the Critics’ Picks section of Artforum.com. This show is on view at “PDX Contemporary Art”:http://www.pdxcontemporaryart.com/ now through November 28. Kemp became the Chair of PNCA’s “MFA in Visual Studies”:http://www.pnca.edu/programs/mfa/visualstudies.php program during the Fall 2009 term.

An excerpt from the review:

“It is tempting to view Arnold J. Kemp’s new work strictly in formal terms: modest collages with black paint, glitter, and googly doll eyes that form abstract patterns and pleasant landscape arrangements. Yet the paint used in each piece seems not simply an aesthetic choice and suggests further musings on the elasticity of Black representation, as well as the personal biography of Kemp, an African-American artist. In several small monochromes, such as Vampire (Titled), 2009, one can see evidence of bright primary colors that were applied prior to the surface coat, a black “skin” of paint. In other works, Kemp affixes groups of googly eyes together, which rummage through the picture and impede on dense patches of black glitter, the mixture both kitschy and mildly foreboding.”

“Read the full review of This Quiet Dust, Ladies and Gentlemen on Artforum.com.”:http://artforum.com/picks/section=us#picks24141

“Read more about Arnold J. Kemp and his role as MFA Chair at PNCA”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/636/pacific-northwest-college-of-art-announces-arnold-j-kemp-as-new-chair-of-the-mfa-in-visual-studies-program.

Image courtesy of the artist

Posted on 11/13 at 12:14 PM

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Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz Presents “Reflections on Space and Childhood”


PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios presents Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz, delivering the keynote address “Reflections on Space and Childhood” 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 for the symposium, Children’s Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter.

Dr. Spitz discusses the complex and powerful role the visual arts play in the emotional and cognitive development of children. She is a writer, lecturer and scholar who currently holds the Honors College Professorship of Visual Arts at the University

About PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios
PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios is a series of conversations, symposiums, lectures and performances on the inner workings of creative practice. The series features internationally acclaimed practitioners from a range of cultures in an effort to highlight the importance of creativity in fostering innovation and civic imagination.

The Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) was established in May 2007 with a generous gift from Hallie Ford. FIVE extends PNCA’s intellectual and resource platform through exhibitions, symposia, internationally renowned artists in residence and other programs that enrich the environment for original thinking and creative enterprise.

The event is free and open to the public.

Keynote Address | “Reflections on Space and Childhood”
Featuring Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz
Friday, November 13, 6:30pm
PNCA Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson Street


Photo courtesy of Dr. Spitz

Posted on 11/13 at 08:46 AM

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Feldman Gallery + Project Space Presents Work by Sandow Birk

PNCA’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space is proud to present two projects from the award-winning Los Angeles-based artist Sandow Birk from November 5, 2009 through January 8, 2010.

In Depravities of War Birk draws on Jacques Callot’s “Miseries and Misfortunes of War” to create a series of monumental woodcut prints, each measuring 48” x 96,” commenting on the debaucheries of contemporary warfare. Printed in collaboration with master printer Paul Mullowney of HuiPress in Makawao, Hawaii, this body of work features traditional woodblock printing techniques on Japanese paper.

In the series American Qur’an, Birk hand-transcribes and illuminates the Holy Qur’an with scenes from contemporary American life. Birk’s version of the Qur’an is based on traditional manuscripts—chapter headings are decorated and the pages are illuminated with miniature paintings in full color, using inks, acrylics, gouache, pencil, and metallic paints.

Raised on the beaches of Orange County and currently living in Southern California, “Sandow Birk”:http://www.sandowbirk.com/ is a product of West Coast culture. Well-traveled and a graduate of the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, his work has explored Los Angeles County in its entirety, as well as locations around the nation and abroad.

With an emphasis on social issues, frequent subjects of his past work have included barrio life, inner-city violence, graffiti, imprisonment, surfing, and skateboarding. Often merging fact and fiction, Birk creates salient and humorous works that invoke justice. He frequently pursues a particular subject in depth, developing a body of paintings, drawings, prints, and dioramas to support his idea.

In the past several years Birk’s work has been included in more than 10 museum exhibitions and 25 solo shows; he has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Getty Fellowship, and a City of Los Angeles Fellowship. Two of Birk’s major projects, “In Smog and Thunder” and “Incarcerated: Vision of California in the 21st Century,” were published as monographs by Last Gasp, and Birk’s version of “Dante’s Inferno” was published by Chronicle Books in 2004. Birk has exhibited with Catharine Clark Gallery since 1994.

Birk will visit the PNCA campus in December for a “free public lecture”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?list_type=12&year=2009&cat=1&dir=next.

Exhibition | Sandow Birk’s Depravities of War and American Qu’ran
November 5–January 8, 2010
First Thursday Opening | Thursday, November 5, 6:30 pm
PNCA Feldman Gallery + Project Space, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Gallery Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily


Image: Artist Sandow Birk with a print from Depravities of War. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 11/13 at 08:46 AM

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Dr. Lois Hetland Speaks as Part of Children's Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter


PNCA is pleased to present Dr. Lois Hetland as part of “Children’s Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter”:http://pnca.edu/artmatters, a symposium that focuses on the relevance of artistic processes and an arts education on the cognitive, emotional and social development of children.

Hetland will deliver the lecture “Art for Our Sake,” addressing why we teach art and why an arts education is crucial in children’s education.

She is the co-author of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, a book that uncovers why an arts education is important and gives art teachers a research-based language they can use to describe what they teach.

Lecture | “Art for Our Sake,” by Dr. Lois Hetland
6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 12
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson Street


“Read a review of Studio Thinking…”:http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Arts/StudioThinkingArtsAdvocacy.html

Photo courtesy of Dr. Hetland

Posted on 11/12 at 02:55 PM

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