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Call for submissions:
Permaculture Design Independent Study in Trinidad & Tobago

This land-based program invites students to a 9-day (October 8 to 16, 2022) workshop in Freeport Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago) to Wa Samaki Ecosystems, a 35-acre permaculture designed and operated farm. Students are guided through the core ethics of the program: Care for the earth, people and community. These ethics provide a framework for the principles that foster a regenerative relationship between land and people and are instrumental in designing and developing sustainable human settlements and institutions. 

 Students will investigate the permaculture-designed Wa Samaki site and apply the principles through a variety of exercises on topics that include mapping/leveling, companion planting, foraging, landscaping, soil remediation, energy cycling, climate change, ecosystems, biogeography, wildlife restoration, water conservation, forest/trees, recycling, etc. A final individual and/or group project will fulfil 0.5 credit course work. Due to the remote location of Wa Samaki, accommodations are limited to shared rooms only. Wa Samaki Ecosystems site is partially accessible, for more information please contact our office: internationalprograms@ocadu.ca  

Wa Samaki Ecosystems, created in 1997, offers a working example of a Permaculture operation producing cut flowers for the local market, organic food for our household consumption, wildlife conservation, watershed rehabilitation, Permaculture Design Courses, workshops and volunteer and internship opportunities. 

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE:

October 8 to 16, 2022 

COURSE DATES:

September 7 to December 7, 2022 

ELIGIBILITY:

This call is open to all (Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Faculty of Arts & Science) undergraduate 3rd year and 4th year students with a minimum of 8.5 credits completed, all first- and second-year core requirements completed and are returning to study Fulltime or Parttime 2022-2023. Students who have already completed 1.5 credits of Independent Study or Field Placement will not be eligible to apply for this course. Funding for travel and accommodation available based on certain criteria*. 

Estimated costs/expenses - October 8th-16th, 2022 

Flight (round trip)    

approx. $900 CAD 

Accommodation (shared rooms)  

$520 CAD 

Meals  

$370 CAD 

Local Travel 

$350 CAD 

Other expenses + Workshop resources 

$360 CAD 

Total estimated cost:    

$2,500 CAD 

Along with your application you will be asked to self-identify in order for us to gauge student funding eligibility. Note, your responses will not affect the evaluation of your application to participate.  
 
Students are asked to complete a survey after they are accepted into this program. OCAD U seeks to reduce barriers to participation and increase the engagement of underrepresented students in international learning opportunities.    

*Funding for domestic students is provided through the Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) program. Target groups are defined through this program as follows:  

  • Low-income students: either having 1.) been approved for a Canada/Provincial Student Loan, Canada Student Grant or similar non-repayable student financial assistance in your province or territory for your current program of study OR 2.) In the absence of receiving non-repayable student financial assistance, can provide information to demonstrate that they require financial support in order to cover the estimated costs/expenses of this course.  

  • Indigenous students: First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit). This includes urban and unaffiliated Indigenous peoples.  

  • Students with disabilities: For the purposes of this program, disability is defined as a difficulty or impairment due to a long-term condition or health problem and/or experiences limitations in their daily activities. Students do not need to be registered with OCAD U’s Student Accessibility Services, rather they must only self-identify.   

Students who fit into the above criteria will be able to receive funds and expense coverage totaling $2,500 Canadian per student. Domestic students who do not fit into the above-stated target groups can receive $750 Canadian, and all international students can receive $750 Canadian. If you have received GSO funding from previous projects, you will not be eligible to receive more funding  

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 

Monday, August 22, 2022 (midnight)

HOW TO APPLY: 

Apply through the online form 

OCAD U FACULTY LEAD: 

Michael Lee Poy, Assistant Professor of Design, Faculty of Design 

FURTHER QUESTIONS? 

internationalprograms@ocadu.ca or Michael Lee Poy at mleepoy@ocadu.ca 

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Monday, August 22 is the deadline to apply for this land-based program that includes a 9-day (October 8 to 16, 2022) workshop in Freeport Trinidad.
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After an extensive search of candidates internationally,OCAD University has selected Berlin-based curator and biotechnologist Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, PhD, as the first curator of its International Curators Residency (ICR) program. The ambitious new program, supported with a grant from Partners in Art, will be the largest of its kind in Canada. The program will stimulate curatorial research and excellence through an original exhibition at OCAD U’s flagship professional gallery, Onsite Gallery. Curated by Dr. Ndikung, the exhibition will then travel internationally to promote Canadian creators abroad. The ICR program will also create educational opportunities for the OCAD U community and the public, introducing innovative curatorial methods while advancing cultural dialogue on contemporary curatorial practice. 

“We are delighted to announce the selection of Dr. Ndikung as OCAD U’s first curator of our exciting, new International Curatorial Residency,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “The opportunity to interact closely with innovative international curators will enhance the learning experience for OCAD U students and our community, while heightening international awareness of Toronto as a vibrant contemporary art community. It will build opportunities abroad for Toronto artists. We must take our talent out to the world.”

Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Dr. Ndikung is an independent curator, author and biotechnologist, and is the founder and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary Berlin. He was curator-at-large for Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, and guest curator of the 2018 Dak'Art Biennale in Senegal. Together with the Miracle Workers Collective, he is curator of the Finland Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Dr. Ndikung is currently guest professor in curatorial studies and sound art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt; artistic director of the 12th Rencontres de Bamako, a biennale for African photography, 2019; as well as artistic director of Sonsbeek 2020, a quadrennial contemporary art exhibition in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Dr. Ndikung was selected from a shortlist of five international curators by OCAD U’s Curatorial Advisory Committee to develop his project titled, “The Cochlea: Sonic by Nature,” which explores sonority and auditory phenomena in a world saturated with images. 

The three-phase program will begin in January 2020, with the arrival of Dr. Ndikung for his extended residency at OCAD U. The second phase will be the presentation of an original exhibition at Onsite Gallery in early 2022, curated by Dr. Ndikung. In the third phase, the exhibition will tour internationally to a venue that will be announced at the opening of the exhibition in Toronto. 

Partners in Art will support OCAD U on phases one and three. “We are thrilled to be supporting OCAD U in its first cultural residency program. Dr. Ndikung’s international experience and vision will be an incredible asset for Toronto’s multicultural landscape and will also help promote the work of Canadian artists globally,” said Antonella Vergati, Co-President of Partners in Art.  

While in Toronto, Dr. Ndikung will participate in multiple engagements that will include visits with OCAD U classes, local studios, artists and designers, as well as public talks and dialogue with multiple cultural leaders. The program will also include symposia, workshops and publications in order to support and extend scholarly knowledge on contemporary curatorial practices in art, design and new media. 

About OCAD University OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca)is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 

About Partners in Art Partners in Art (PIA) is a volunteer-led charitable organization that funds contemporary art projects across Canada and around the world. Since 2002, the Toronto-based PIA has raised over $4.7 million and supported 80 projects. PIA collaborates with Canadian curators, arts organizations and museums to fund projects featuring contemporary artists with challenging works and thoughtful perspectives. For more information visit www.partnersinart.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Pavlenko Strategic Communications Officer, OCAD University 416-977-6000 Ext. 475 npavlenko@ocadu.ca

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The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA) in partnership with OCAD University is seeking proposals from artists with experience in visual arts to paint murals on Bell utility boxes. There are seven boxes located within the WBIA boundaries with variable sizes. The goal of this project is to add an element of beautification to the streets of our neighbourhood and to prevent the boxes from getting vandalised by adding art to the boxes along with graffiti coating to protect the art piece after it is completed.

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Guidelines for Final Artwork

The WBIA and OCAD University, and Bell respect the freedom of creativity that comes with the visual arts, as such, there are some general requirements that we request of the selected artist(s).

  • In tandem with the forthcoming OCAD University Creative Centre for Climate Action at the Canada Malting Silos, the theme of this call is “climate resilience; working together towards our future”
  • The artwork to feature elements of near-by waterfront landmarks that are close to the assigned bell boxes. The landmark can be represented in the artist’s unique style and does not have to be the primary element of the piece. However, these elements should not be portrayed negatively.
  •  All partners in this project reserve the right, but not the obligation, to refuse to produce any materials, in whole or in part, that in its sole discretion deems to be offensive, indecent, or otherwise inappropriate and regardless of whether this material or its dissemination is unlawful
General Methodology and Timeline

These boxes will be cleaned by Bell before the artist can begin their work. Artists will need to make sure that the box identification number outlined by a yellow sticker on the upper corner of the box is maintained as-is. After the artwork is completed Bell will prime the boxes in anti-graffiti coating. The call is open to current OCAD U students and alumni. The call for artists will close on August 31, 2022, at 5pm. Final artists selected to carry out the project will be notified by Friday September 9, 2022, and they will be required to submit mock-ups of their artwork to be reviewed and approved by Bell, OCAD, and the WBIA prior to installation. The deadline for mock-ups is September 23, 2022, by 5pm. Mural production must be completed by October 31, 2022, at the latest.

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  • Artist fee: between $500 to $750 dependant on the size of the box allocated to the artist.
  • Materials Fee: up to $200 
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  • A one-page Artist Statement indicating the artist’s interest in the project and their approach to the theme.
  • A portfolio of their previous painted artworks, representative of their style intended to be used for this project. No more than eight pieces.
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The boxes that are grouped together must be painted by the same artist as they are adjacent to each other and must have similar or continuous design.

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Image: A Ceiling Lamp (2022) by YuJeong Seol.

English for Art & Design exhibition opens online

Self in Place opened online on Friday, August 12 showcasing an array of works by students from across the globe, produced as part of the six week summer intensive, Bridge To First Year

Part of the Writing & Learning Centre’s English for Art & Design (EAD) suite of programs for English Language Learners (ELLs) and multilingual students who are entering their first year, Bridge To First Year supports language and studio skill building specific to art and design curriculum taught at the University. 

“The exhibition spotlights students who have had the chance to practice language skills while working on art and design projects that are meaningful to them,” notes Adrienne Reynolds, who is in the role of EAD Specialist year round and taught in the Bridge To First program this summer.

“Working with experienced instructors they've engaged in an iterative process, starting with ideation and brainstorming, creating proposals and drafts and completing a final artwork. The exhibition provides the opportunity for them to showcase and take pride in their efforts,” she continues. 

The works displayed in the show are as varied as EAD students' interests, as they are the culmination of personal, process-based activities undertaken throughout the program including mind mapping and independent project development in which students focused on making and writing about their unique creative practices. 

The exhibition has provided the 45 students from China, South Korea, Taiwan, Iran, Turkey and Vietnam, who completed the program this summer the opportunity to further practice their discipline-specific language skills while working towards finished art and design projects of their choosing.  

The exhibition’s opening coincided with the final class of EAD: Bridge to First Year. Next, students who successfully completed the program will enter a range of undergraduate programs at OCAD U including Environmental Design, Experimental Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Drawing & Painting, Material Art & Design and Industrial Design. Students who completed the program will start their full-time undergraduate studies at OCAD U in September. EAD: Bridge To First Year students who need additional support with their academic communication skills will take EAD: Expanded over their fall term. 

English for Art & Design is OCAD U’s pathway to full admission for students who are working towards meeting the University’s language proficiency requirements. EAD provides opportunities to develop the skills required for students to engage in critical conversations about their creative practice and to analyze the contributions of other artists and designers. Familiarity with first-year studio practice, critique, academic integrity, using first language resources and gaining experience with different media are among the skills that students learn in the program. EAD currently offers three separate programs: Preparation (12 weeks, April to June); Bridge To First Year (6 weeks, July to August); and Expanded (offered throughout the fall semester).  
 
In addition to Reynolds, EAD is supported by Emilie Brancato, Manager, English Language Learning, Elaine Munro, Program Coordinator (EAD), Shahriar Mirshahidi, ELL Specialist (EAD) and Michelle Majeed, Instructional Designer.  
 
Students enrolled in Bridge To First Year this year received instruction and language support from James Ashby, Emily Cadotte, Xiangying Huo, Jonathan Luke, Craig Rodmore and Andrea Valente. Mirshahidi also provided instruction this summer.  

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Artist-scholars Alia Fortune Weston (Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Graduate Studies, OCAD U) and Moyo Rainos Mutamba will collaborate with international artist-scholars Rujeko Dumbutshena and Lilith A. Whiley on creative works that promote cooperative economics, education, community care/wellness, as well as cultural exchange with Zimbabwe during their month long residency at the Gladstone House

Nhare brings together these 4 artist-scholars born/raised in Zimbabwe who are currently based in the African diaspora across Canada, USA, and UK. In the ChiShona language of Zimbabwe, the word Nhare has three meanings: Metal, Mbira, and Telephone. Nhare, therefore, signifies a search for a strong connection across our diasporic locations and the yearning for an enduring link to our ancestral homeland. 

Visit their art installation and meet the artists!

Wednesday, June 22, 4:00-8:00pm

Gladstone House

1214 Queen St. West, Toronto M6J 1J6

Each scholar brings skills in a different applied art form to the collaboration, as well as connections back to communities in Zimbabwe. Alia will engage her practice as a silver/metalsmith to create jewellery or metalworks that reflect ideas of community and social economies in Zimbabwe. Moyo a Mbira player will work on creating music, musical instruments, focussing on music as a context for wellness and Zimbabwean cultural exchange. Rujeko will bring her practice as a dance educator focussed on cultural exchange and connectivity, while Lilith brings her work with collage as a tool for wellbeing. All of these diverse art forms provide an interesting context for creative intersections emerge. 

 

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Please join DesignTO for the 2022 series of ‘In Conversation’. This panel talk on contemporary craft brings together textile artist and educator Caryn Simonson, Mi'kmaq/Settler artist and educator Julia Rose Sutherland, and Yonsei artist and weaver Molly JF Caldwell. Together they explore the properties of materials both natural and synthetic, textiles as metaphors for community and body, labour as an act of repair and redemption, and craft practice as an act of resistance and invention.

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Body, Labour & Land in Contemporary Craft imageMolly JF Caldwell is a Yonsei artist living and working in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta), who graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts in 2017. She focuses on labour-intensive textile processes to mediate contemporary and historical narratives around misogyny, generational trauma and pop culture. www.mollyjfcaldwell.com

Body, Labour & Land in Contemporary Craft imageCaryn Simonson is Programme Director for Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL) and is a practitioner, writer and curator. She is an international editorial board member for Textile: the journal of cloth and culture and the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. For Textile, she guest-edited a special issue ‘Skin and Cloth’ exploring relationships between skin/cloth mimesis, material innovations and cultural /social contexts. At international conferences, she has presented papers including ‘Fashionable Bikers and Biker Fashion’ exploring relationships between luxury fashion brands (Chanel, Longchamp, Belstaff and Matchless) and motorcycling, heritage, value and craftsmanship, focussing on fashion “mini-films” and storytelling. More recently, her focus has been on athleisure and motorcycle imagery including papers on the Chanel x Pharrell collaboration mini-film and Vogue fashion editorials depicting motorcycles and fashion.

Body, Labour & Land in Contemporary Craft imageJulia Rose Sutherland is a Mi'kmaq (Metepenagiag Nation) / settler artist and educator (Assistant Professor at OCAD U) based in Tkaronto (Toronto). Sutherland's interdisciplinary art practice employs photography, sculpture, textiles and performance. She earned her MFA at the University at Buffalo (2019) and BFA in Craft and New Media at the Alberta University of the Arts (2013). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, recently showing work at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, K Art Gallery, WAAP Gallery, and 59 Rivoli Gallery (Paris). Sutherland is a recent recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Creating Knowing Sharing award and the AFA Indigenous Individual Project grant. juliarosesutherland.com

 

‘In Conversation’ Series

Spotlighting artists and designers from Canada and the UK, DesignTO in partnership with University of the Arts London (UAL) and OCAD University presents an online series called 'In Conversation'. As the title suggests, faculty, students and alumni from UAL and OCAD will be in conversation with each other and industry experts to discuss contemporary issues, research and creation in design.

The ongoing collaboration between UAL and OCAD comes out of dialogue between the two universities, working on common areas of interest such as decolonization and sustainability. Joining UAL and OCAD to present 'In Conversation', DesignTO is a Toronto-based non-profit arts organization that produces Canada's leading and largest annual design festival, showcasing multidisciplinary ways of making and thinking.

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th @ 10:00 am ET

Platform: Microsoft Teams

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The International Student Support Office is launching our first session of the Creative Professionals Networking Series! Using Social Media as A Marketing Tool hosted by Kael Rebick.

Join us to: * Learn social media marketing tips * Be inspired by her success story Kael Rebick (@punkodelish 496k followers,) is a freelance travel photographer, social media strategist and content creator. Based in Toronto, she has spent years capturing the beauty of her city. Her passion for photography has taken her far beyond her city, participating in campaigns all over the world. Registration will remain open until June 7th.

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Conference Day 1: Thursday, May 19th, 2022 @ 9:00 am -12:00 pm ET
Conference Day 2: Thursday, May 26th, 2022 @ 9:00am - 12:00 pm ET

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What does it mean to be invested in the research and practice of landscape as a creative focus today? Whether investigating decolonial frameworks or exploring landscape as a metaphor for aspects of identity, the notion of landscape has become complex, regardless of place or context.

Led by associate professors Laura Millard (OCAD U) and Dr. Lois Rowe (UAL), this two-part online conference event will present landscape in its broadest sense and explore this as an area of possibility and discussion. It will showcase a selection of OCAD University students and alumni in dialogue alongside University of the Arts London (UAL) students. 

OCAD U Speakers

University of the Arts London Speakers

Alexandra Majerus

Chih-Han Yang

Anqi Li

Evangeline Morris

Dayna Schaly

Michaela D'Agati

Emily Condie

Peng Li

Jasmine Liaw

Seol A Min

Jill Price

Taraneh Dana

Nasim Salehi

Tong Wu

Olivia Aguiar

Wei-Tzu Hsu

 

Wing Sum Sammi Mak


Learn about the participating OCAD U & UAL faculty, students and alumni

 

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Coming up next week!

Join DesignTO online Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 12pm ET, for ‘Non-Sighted Modes of Beholding Art’ to hear Nikkie To, along with Olivia Brouwer, Dr. Kenneth Wilder, and Dr. Aaron McPeake, discuss multi-sensory engagement that moves beyond the visual realm, how museums can better support visually impaired artists and audiences, and our collective fear of touch.

🔗RSVP HERE

 

SPEAKERS


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Olivia Brouwer is a partially blind, emerging artist based in Cambridge, Ontario. In 2016, she graduated from the Art and Art History joint program, specializing in painting and printmaking, at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. She has exhibited at the Blackwood Gallery, the Robert Kananaj Gallery in collaboration with Emerging Young Artists, and the Idea Exchange. In 2021, Brouwer was the recipient of the City of Hamilton Creator Award, the Salt Spring National Art Prize, and a finalist for the JRG Emerging Artist Award.

Taking inspiration from the Rorschach Inkblot Test, Olivia’s practice approaches the process of perceiving and meaning-making from a semi-blind creator’s perspective using the abstraction of nature to communicate this idea. Her current work addresses these themes while exploring inclusivity and accessibility to non-visual audiences through activating the senses of touch and hearing.

www.oliviabrouwer.com


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Dr. Aaron McPeake works as a sculptor and filmmaker with sound at the centre of his practice. His sculptural works are designed to be physically interacted with by beholders creating a multi-sensory engagement, which he believes, provides added agency and meaning. Losing much of his visual acuity at the beginning of the century has informed his artwork, research and methods of practice. He sees in detail at six metres what most people see at sixty. However, the importance of sound, touch and smell are not elements that are intended to replace the importance of the visual in his work, but rather to add to it to provide a more complete experience. He has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and has completed a number of public sculpture commissions. He is currently Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Chelsea College of Arts.

www.aaronmcpeake.com


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Nikkie To is the CEO and Co-Founder of Munzira Studio, a human-centred design consultancy that provides services and training for organizations to drive inclusion, access and social change within local communities. She is an inclusive designer with a deep interest in understanding the mismatches between people and the objects, environments and systems we engage with everyday that shape how we live, work and play. Her practice includes participatory action research and experience design in multidisciplinary areas including accessibility, health, education, and arts and culture. She holds a Master of Design in Inclusive Design from OCAD University with a specialization in the design of healthcare environments, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from McMaster University.


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Dr. Kenneth Wilder is an artist, academic, writer, and the University of Arts London Reader in Spatial Design. Having previously practiced architecture, his practice and writing address the threshold between architecture and fine art practice, particularly in relation to an embodied beholder. Ken is principal investigator for the AHRC funded network Beyond the Visual: Non-Sighted Modes of Beholding Art. He is author of Beholding Art: Situated Art and the Aesthetics of Reception, published in 2020 by Bloomsbury. Ken has written numerous journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, and has exhibited widely as an artist making sculptural and video installations.

www.kenwilderartist.com

'In Conversation' Series is presented by DesignTO in partnership with University of the Arts London (UAL) @unioftheartslondon and OCAD University @ocaduniversity. Image courtesy of the speaker.

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Join DesignTO online Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 12pm ET, for ‘Non-Sighted Modes of Beholding Art’ to hear Nikkie To, along with Olivia Brouwer, Dr. Kenneth Wilder, and Dr. Aaron McPeake, discuss multi-sensory engagement that moves beyond the visual realm, how museums can better support visually impaired artists and audiences, and our collective fear of touch.

 

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