KOSMICA Liverpool

The Arts Catalyst bring the popular Kosmica event series to Liverpool to coincide with the exhibition Republic of the Moon.

Each KOSMICA session is unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community for a social mix of art–space programmes - a film screening, performance or live concert with a short presentation, talk and debate about alternative and cultural uses of space. 

KOSMICA is programmed by Nahum Mantra, Sue Corke (UK) and Hagen Betzwieser (Germany) of Republic of the Moon exhibitors WE COLONISED THE MOON, and will focus on Women in Space.

The all-female-up includes presentations by Dr Iya Whiteley, Space Psychologist (IACE Ltd, Director; UCL Centre for Space Medicine Consultant), Hilde de Bruijn of the Moon Life Foundation, Bee Thakore of the Planetary Society and Ulrike Kubatta whose film She Should Have Gone To The Moon, a unique documentary portrait of the American pilot Jerri Truhill, will be screened.

KOSMICA: Dr. Iya Whiteley

 

KOSMICA: Hilde de Bruijn

The Moon Life Foundation is a project initiated by visual artist Alicia Framis. It is a critical interdisciplinary platform giving way for a revolution in cross disciplinary thinking about art, architecture and design in order to imagine and create a new life environment. Moon Life Foundation aims to find new ways of thinking about Earthly problems and expand our thinking beyond existing modes and values such as recycling and re-enactments, its activities include the Moon Life Concept Store, the first shop on Earth with products for life on the Moon, developed by artists, designers and architects at the Moon Academy. 

KOSMICA: Bee Thakore

 

 

KOSMICA: Ulrike Kubatta

Ulrike Kubatta will introduce her film She Should Have Gone To The Moon and will talk about the process of making it.  The film documents Jerri Truhill's remarkable story of as a wife, mother and aviator, and her part in Mercury 13 to become one of the first women to be trained by NASA to go into space.  The film is about Jerri Truhill's ambition to conquer the unknown and the Kubatta's fascination with a woman who dared to break down all barriers in aviation.  Set against the historical background of the Space Race, the documentary both constructs an intimate portrait of Truhill and explores a unique chapter in American culture and society. 

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KOSMICA is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

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WE COLONISED THE MOON Sue Corke (UK) and Hagen Betzwieser (Germany)

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Republic of the Moon: Artists' Breakfast

Breakfast with the artsits and curators of the exhibition Republic of the Moon

Artists Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Leonid Tishkov, Liliane Lijn and Andy Gracie discuss their work with The Arts Catalyst's curator Rob La Frenais and FACT's Mike Stubbs.

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Cinema as Primatology symposium, London

A symposium about the collaborative research which informed the development of Primate Cinema: Apes as Family

DNA sequencing has placed humans firmly within the great apes, so how do our cognitive abilities differ from those of chimpanzees?  Creativity is considered to be a divide between humans and other species, but do we share basic preferences for novelty and perhaps even form and content with our closest relations? The symposium  explored similarities and differences in perception, cognition and socio-emotional behaviour between humans and chimpanzees, through the perspectives of comparative psychologist Dr Sarah Jane Vick, who studies chimpanzee cognition and behaviour and artist Rachel Mayeri, whose new work Primate Cinema: Apes as Family was made with the chimpanzees at the Budongo Trail, Edinburgh Zoo.

Prof Rachel Mayeri is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work often deals with the intersection of science, art and society. Her videos combine fact and fiction, documentary and storytelling, on topics such as special effects, popular science and cultural disease. She has collaborated with primatologists, anthropologists and psychologists to study primate behaviour, making a series of films responding to these explorations.

Dr Rob La Frenais is curator at The Arts Catalyst. He has an interest in animal studies and primatology stretching back several years and  this has informed a number of his recent curated projects, including Interspecies (2009) and Rachel Mayeri's Primate Cinema: Apes as at Family (2011).

Support

Wellcome Trust Arts Award, Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies and Arts Council England. With the kind support and collaboration of Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

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KOSMICA April 2012

Our monthly series of social galactic gatherings bringing together those interested in sharing cultural ideas about space.

Each Kosmica session is unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community for a social mix of art–space programmes - a film screening, performance or live concert with a short presentation, talk and debate about alternative and cultural uses of space.

Friday 20 April 2012, 7-10pm

In April's KOSMICA, space scientist Dr Lucie Green explores the atmosphere of the sun, artist Chooc Ly Tan scrutinises physics, and Guess What play music inspired by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and Persian astronomer Al-KhawarizmiPlus a screening of Semiconductor’s stunning short film Brilliant Noise

Dr Lucie Green is a solar researcher who studies activity in the atmosphere of the Sun, in particular, immense magnetic fields in the Sun's atmosphere. These sporadically erupt to form a coronal mass ejection. Lucie is based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics. She sits on the board of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society and is a member of the Royal Society's Education Committee.

Chooc Ly Tan is an artist living and working in London. Her multidisciplinary practice includes performance, video, text and sculpture. Part of her inquiry is the arguable role of physics, which is scrutinised through materiality and time-based media to question its attributed functions. Tan’s often-playful experiments explore fragility, with matter that coexists in states between order and chaos, for example, gravity or materials that repel or work against each other to create tension and volatility.

Guess What was formed in 1968 (2005) by Luke Warmcop and Graham Mushnik They started out working indoors only, producing obscure metaphysical music and soundtracks. In 1972 (2009) their first LP was recorded and released on Catapulte. Titled Yuri Gagarin - 12 Modern Odes To History's Greatest Spaceman, it explores the inner-world and outer-world of Gagarin and his adventure. In 1973 (2010), they discovered the mighty "Giallo" cinema, and recorded some Italian-sounding music, due out in 1975 (2012) on Imagenes. In the meantime, a new focus is keeping them busy: the Persian mathematician and astronomer Al-Khawarizmi, and music from the Middle East.

Semiconductor is UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Over the past fifteen years they have become known for developing a unique and innovative body of moving image works, which explore the material nature of our world, how we experience it and how we create an understanding of it: questioning our place in the physical universe.

Support

The Kosmica eries is curated by Nahum Mantra and The Arts Catalyst, and is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

Websites

Dr Lucie Green

Chooc Ly Tan

Guess What

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KOSMICA September 2011

Continuing the monthly series of social galactic gatherings to bring together those interested in sharing cultural ideas about space.

Each Kosmica session is unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community for a social mix of art–space programmes - a film screening, performance or live concert with a short presentation, talk and debate about alternative and cultural uses of space.

Thursday 1 September, 7-10pm

The Hunt for Alien Life

September's Kosmica searches the stars for signs of extraterrestrial life with astrobiologists Lewis Dartnell, the High-Altitude Bio-Prospecting Project, artist Jon Fawcett and (back by popular demand) We Colonised the Moon.  

Lewis Dartnell: Astrobiology - the hunt for alien life

'Astrobiology' is a brand new field of science, encompassing research into the origins and limits of life on our own planet, and where life might exist beyond the Earth. But what actually is 'life' and how did it emerge on our own world? What are the most extreme conditions terrestrial life can tolerate? And where in the cosmos might we reasonably expect to find ET? Join Dr. Lewis Dartnell on a tour of the other planets and moons in our solar system which may harbour life, and even further afield to alien worlds we've discovered orbiting distant stars, to explore one of the greatest questions ever asked: are we alone...?

Dr. Lewis Dartnell is a researcher based at University College London, studying how life, and signs of its existence, might survive the intense cosmic radiation on the surface of Mars. Alongside his research he writes regular science articles in newspapers and magazines, and has published a popular science book introducing astrobiology, “Life in the Universe: A Beginner’s Guide”.
www.lewisdartnell.com http://tinyurl.com/LifeInTheUniverse

Oliver de Peyer, Melissa Grant and Paul Shepherd: The High-Altitude Bio-Prospecting Project (HAB)

The HAB team are currently developing a high altitude bioprospecting project to search for bacteria in the stratosphere. The team spent 12 days in the Nevada desert - to fly their device as many times as is possible - on balloons and rockets. They have teamed up with the Rocket Mavericks. They went to the Black Rock desert - home of the burning man festival. There was no phone coverage and it’s very remote (austere as Ol says), so they took GPS and satellite phones and all kinds of wizardry - hopefully there was some good star gazing too.

The team are currently developing an exhibition/installation/performance and symposium around the project.

http://highaltitudebioprospector.blogspot.com/ http://www.nesta.org.uk/nasa

Jon Fawcett: Untitled

Jon Fawcett presents a currently untitled film about the existence of aliens. Comprising of a cutup-compilation of the most convincing online video material, the film situates itself, as Fawcett says, "alongside other contemporary mythologies, both alternative and mainstream". What do you believe, and why?

Jon Fawcett’s use of extensive research into tropes of conspiracy and media cults have allowed him to bring into focus the fuzzy logic of new age mysticism that is proliferating in the era of networked consciousness. His sculptures, film and performance exude a menacing technical precision and seduce with a spectrum of alluring colours but these are aesthetic camouflage to cloak ideas that question the nature of the mediated reality or as the artist says, ‘a fabric of contemporary mythologies.’ - Mark Waugh. www.jonfawcett.com

We Colonised the Moon

Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser of We Colonised the Moon are back present experiments throughout the evening, as part of their work at ACME and for The Arts Catalyst's forthcoming exhibition Republic of the Moon. 

www.wecolonisedthemoon.com

Partners

Kosmica is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space. 

 

 

 

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KOSMICA October 2011

Our monthly series of social galactic gatherings bringing together those interested in sharing cultural ideas about space.

Each  KOSMICA  session is unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community for a social mix of art–space programmes - a film screening, performance or live concert with a short presentation, talk and debate about alternative and cultural uses of space.

Juan José Díaz Infante - ULISES I Space Opera, THE GAME
For the 21st century
the Mexican Space Collective are using the term 'opera' as a new hybrid, with the new elements of our times. The concept behind this particular art work is replacing the piece of art for its process. The opera will be written as an algorythm.  The satellite designed as a musical instrument to 'play' the opera and will be programed to interact with the composition. 
www.altamiracave.com

Oscar Lhermitte - Urban Stargazing
The Urban Stargazing project focuses on bringing back the stars in the city sky by recreating existing constellations and adding new ones, narrating old and contemporary myths about London. Twelve groups of stars have been installed at different locations in the city, and can only be observed by the naked eye at night time. The Urban Stargazing project is here to bring awareness of our vanishing nights and question the relation that nature has in an urban environment.
www.oscarlhermitte.com

Paul Malone - The Electric Universe
Deptford artist Paul Malone takes you on a unique and controversial tour of the Universe. Originally devised to introduce artists and designers to the wide range of forms inherent in plasma structures, this talk follows contemporary speculations into the role that electro-dynamics play in forming the objects that we see in modern astronomy. Otherwise known as 'Electric Universe' theory or 'Plasma Cosmology', it draws from publications by members of the IEEE and others and traces the history of the study of electricity in Space from Birkeland through Langmuir and Jeugens to today's advocates. It acknowledges that these views represent a departure from the 'Standard Model' of the Universe but recognises the aspiration of its adherents to re-position astronomy on a more empirical and pragmatic footing. In EU theory most of the objects we see in Space have direct counterparts in the laboratory, common industrial processes and even the domestic kitchen.
www.a2arts.co.uk/plasmatalk and www.hybrasil.co.uk

Support

The KOSMICA series is curated by Nahum Mantra and is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

Online videos

If you missed 'A Matter of Gravity', the  KOSMICA  on 7 June, you can now watch it here

The series is programmed by Nahum Mantra.

KOSMICA  is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space. 

 

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Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me: An exploration of the air with artists from the Great Glen Artists Airshow

The Arts Catalyst presents two artists’ projects created during our Great Glen Artists Airshow in 2010, an event that commissioned artists to explore the air as a medium in the spectacular setting of the Great Glen in Scotland, a huge natural fissure in the earth that stretches from Inverness to Fort William.

Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum’s Wall drawing wind - lake version results from an airborne investigation of wind currents above Loch Ruthven. The artists used balloons and GPS (global positioning technology) in a live performance and experiment that took place on this rain-swept Scottish loch. The artists retrieved the GPS systems from the balloons, chasing them down by rowboat, and have mapped their wind-blown paths. Polak was one of the first artists to make large-scale art explorations using GPS mapping. Collaborating with Ivar van Bekkum since 2004 their work continues to find new ways to explore the visualisation of landscape and experience of space, by means of GPS technology.

Augury by London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson) was a series of of new video works imagining the flight path of birds as augurs, or omens, part of an ancient tradition of divination by birds. This project was made in collaboration with a former hunter turned bird guide in the Brazilian rainforest and was installed in the woodland behind Loch Ruthven.

The evening premiered a short film by film-maker Ben Dickey, which was shot during the Great Glen Artists Airshow.

The film was shot on Canon 5d Mk2 by Bernard Zieja, Edited by Sarah Gray, Produced and Directed by Ben Dickey of Cornucopia Productions Ltd

Partners

The Great Glen Artists Airshow was presented at and in partnership with HICA (The Highland Institute for Contemporary Arts).

Support

It was supported by Arts Council England,Scottish Arts Council, Henry Moore Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, Highland Culture Fund, Brazilian Ministry of Culture, The British Council, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, H2007, Highland Council and Nevis Partnership

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Data Landscapes Symposium

Data Landscapes is a symposium and exhibition exploring the use of data and models of climate science within visual arts contexts.

The Data Landscapes symposium will explore how knowledge of climate is produced, and how arts practitioners can respond to issues around our changing environment by working with scientists, their methods and their data.

The symposium will touch on issues of public engagement and understanding of climate science, the role of interdisciplinary arts in an era of environmental change and communication and curatorial strategies. The symposium coincides with the Data Landscapes exhibition, 21-22 May 2011 featuring  The Southern Ocean Studies by Tom Corby, Gavin Baily + Jonathan Mackenzie reveals hidden systemic complexity using climate model outputs of the Antarctic Southern Ocean. Lise Autogena + Joshua Portway’s Most Blue Skies combines the latest in atmospheric research, environmental monitoring and sensing technologies with the romantic history of the blue sky and its fragile optimism.

Symposium programme

2.00: Tom Corby, introductions, themes and overviews
2.15: David Walton
2.45: Anne Sophie Witzke
3.15: Philip Brohan
3.45: Break
4.15: Ed Gillespie
4.45: Natasha Freedman
5.15: Lise Autogena, Joshua Portway
5.45: Discussion and reflections
6.30: Private view of exhibition

Speakers

Tom Corby is an artist and writer working at the University of Westminster. His work produced collaboratively with Gavin Baily and Jonathan Mackenzie explores intersections of complex systems, technology and information and has been exhibited amongst other places at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM).

Prof David Walton is an Emeritus Fellow with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), following on from 40 years working as a scientist and board member. As a member of BAS Board he was responsible for the Environmental Information Division (EID). Prof. Walton has taken a keen interest in NERC data management. The Antarctic Environmental Data Centre (AEDC) was part of his remit (part of EID). He was responsible for establishing the BAS artists and writers programme run jointly with Arts Council England.

Anne Sophie Witzke is a curator working and researcher working at the Alexandra Institute in Copenhagen. In 2009 she curated Re-think Information as part of the COP15 Re-think: Contemporary Art and Climate Change exhibition at the National Gallery of Denmark. Her research explores how the climate crisis is also an “information crisis” or an “epistemological crisis” and will discuss ideas and arts practices that reflect upon these issues.

Philip Brohan is a climate scientist working at the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change. His research focuses on historical analysis of proxy weather data. He is currently involved in the citizen science project Old Weather that uses historic records to predict future climates.

Ed Gillespie is the director of the Futerra communications agency. Futerra produces some of the leading policy research on the communication of climate change and sustainability. Reports include Sell the Sizzle. The New Climate Message, 10 Tips for Sustainability Communication and The Rules of the Game.

Natasha Freedman is deputy Director of Cape Farewell. She is a producer/director with a particular interest in developing interdisciplinary arts projects. Prior to working for Cape Farewell, she worked for six years with the internationally renowned theatre company Complicite.

Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway are artists who have been working together since 1991. In their ambitious multimedia collaborations, they explore our relations to the networks, economies and technologies that surround us, and how our human experience is changed by the incorporation into these systems. Using advanced technologies, such as the visualisation of live global data streams, their complex multilayered installations explore a sense of global presence, time and human interdependence.

Partners

Data Landscapes is organised by CREAM (The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster), in partnership with The Arts Catalyst. It forms part of an AHRC funded Researching Environmental Change project.

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KOSMICA June 2011

Continuing the monthly series of social galactic gatherings to bring together those interested in sharing cultural ideas about space with Alicia Framis, Dr Jill Stuart, Julijonas Urbonas and Jem Finer.

A Matter of Gravity

The moon life foundation - Alicia Framis

Director of Moon Life Foundation, Alicia Framis speculates on the possibility that humans will live in space in the future. The project acts as a stimulus for artists, designers, architects to create futuristic radical political but humane concepts for an extreme lunar environment.

Alicia Framis is also the Lost Astronaut – an performance-installation at APF LAB, exploring the potentialities of living on the moon through the ironical activities and fictional character of a woman astronaut. Left on earth like all women who were never part of the moon race, she settles in to BaseCamp, in which she lived for the two weeks in a customized astronaut suit, among drawings and prototypes that aim to both parody and demand women’s presence on the moon.

Alicia Framis studied Fine Arts at the Barcelona University and Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris. She completed her masters at the Institut d’Hautes Etudes, Paris and at the Rijksakademie Van Beelde Kunstende, Amsterdam. 

Who Owns Outer Space? - Dr Jill Stuart

While the 'Martians Chronicles' might soon become real facts, Dr Jill Stuart will be discussing with us the ownership of space, so that we know where to land! She will explain us the history of cosmic governance and the future of outer space law.

Dr Jill Stuart is Fellow in Global Politics at the London School of Economics, and reviews editor for the journal Global Policy. She researches law, politics and theory of outer space exploration and exploitation. Her interests extend to the way terrestrial politics and conceptualisations such as sovereignty are projected into outer space, and how outer space potentially plays a role in reconstituting how those politics and conceptualisations are understood in terrestrial politics.

On observatories and observing - Jem Finer

Come along and meet with one of our space genies, Jem Finer who experienced zero gravity and realized a 1000-year long musical composition (Longplayer), as well as being artist in residence in the astrophysics department at Oxford University making a number of works including two sculptural observatories, Landscope and The Centre of the Universe.

The 'Gravitational Theater'- Julijonas Urbonas

Julijonas talked about unique aesthetic manifestations of gravity in our highly technologised culture, from anti-gravitational shoes to deadly roller coasters.

Having worked in amusement park development – as an architect, ride designer and head of fairground – Urbonas became fascinated by what he calls the bodily-perceived aesthetics of ‘gravitational theatre’. Since then the topic has been at the core of his creative life, from artistic work to scholarly articles. Most recently this interest has matured into his PhD research based in the department of Design Interactions at the RCA.

Partners

The series is programmed by Nelly Ben Hayoun and Nahum Mantra.

KOSMICA is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space. 

Artists' websites

Julijonas Urbonas - http://www.julijonasurbonas.lt

Dr Jill Stuart - lse.ac.uk, www.globalpolicyjournal.com

Jem Finer - www.cosmolog.org.uk, www.onearthasinheaven.net, longplayer.org

Alicia Framis - http://moon-life.org/, www.aliciaframis.com

 

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KOSMICA July 2011

Carey Young, Ansuman Biswas, and Empress Stah take the floor for Kosmica, the monthly series of social galactic gatherings to bring together those interested in sharing cultural ideas about space.

Each Kosmica session is unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community for a social mix of art–space programmes - a film screening, performance or live concert with a short presentation, talk and debate about alternative and cultural uses of space.

Wednesday 13 July

Carey Young discussed her recent artistic works which critique and satirise the ‘management’ and legal control of outer space. Using recent discoveries in astrophysics and space imaging, as well as creating new propositions in copyright law, her works use cameraless photography, installation, text and sculpture to investigate links between outer space law and ideas of landscape, colonialism and the ‘real’. Young has exhibited widely including recent solo shows at The Power Plant, Toronto (2009), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2009), Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2010) and the touring solo show Memento Park.  She is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Her touring solo show Memento Park is at mima, Middlesbrough.

Empress Stah is a London based aerial artist and avant garde cabaret performer with a life long ambition to make a show in Outer Space. Stah recently came one step closer to realising this dream when she experienced microgravity for the first time, aboard a commercial flight with the Zero G Corporation.  She will be presenting footage taken aboard this flight and will talk about the thinking behind her ACE funded research and development project 'Stah-Lite in Space'; what she intends to do in Zero G when she gets her hands on the Russian's plane; and will outline her vision for  'Stah-Lite and the Stah Whores Corporation', which is a new show that has been commissioned for The Spill Festival 2012/13.

Ansuman Biswas was born in Calcutta and trained in the UK. He has an international practice encompassing music, film, live art, installation, writing and theatre. He is interested in hybridity and interdisciplinarity – often working between science, art and industry, for instance, or between music, dance and visual art.  His central concern lies between science, work and religion. For the last decade he has been working on Zero Genie projects in collaboration with Jem Finer, who appeared in June's Kosmica. He is a Trustee of The Arts Catalyst. Zero Genie was conceived as a response to the structure and history of the space program over the last 50 years. For millennia people have been travelling to the most remote regions of the cosmos using shamanistic technologies. Can we deride their experiences as being any less valid, any less real, than those of modern astronauts and cosmonauts? Who is to arbitrate on claims of yogic levitation, or persistent conspiracy theories suggesting that the American moon landings were actually a hoax constructed in a film studio? Judgements of fantasy and reality are conditioned by relationships of power. The vast expanse of space is a political territory, colonised so far by the industrialized, affluent powers. Its exploration is a First World, high investment pursuit, beyond the orbit of all but the whitest, richest individuals.

Partners

The Kosmica series is programmed by Nahum Mantra and is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space. 

Artists' websites

Carey Young, Empress Stah, Ansuman Biswas

 

 

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