Programs Presented Across Alaska
The ADF has been presenting design-related programs to a geographically-dispersed Alaskan audience since 1992. Following is a list of the lectures, exhibitions, workshops, symposiums, installations, artists-in-residence, performances and tours we’ve presented.
NOSTALGIA LECTURE SERIES
NOSTALGIA celebrated the ways in which designers and artists embrace, reject or leverage the human tendency towards nostalgia, or the yearning for a previous time, place or experience. We explored how nostalgia affects the design process consciously or unconsciously. Is there any truth to “everything old is new again”? Are there new ideas or just new re-interpretations of previous thinking?
- Hugh Broughton / Architect / London
- LOCAL LEGENDS: Charles Bettisworth, Larry Cash, Wayne Jensen, John McCool /
Architects / Alaska
- Cas Holman / Toy Designer / Rhode Island
- Duffy / Graphic Designers / Minneapolis
- Judith Clark & Adam Phillips / Fashion & Psychoanalyst Author collaboration / London
- Joel Salatin / Farmer / Virginia
Fly By Design: CHILE took place on February 19th-26th, 2017. The tour visited remote country on the other end of the Americas, and explored architecture, vineyards and spas. Guests experienced the work of Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Smiljan Radic, Mathias Klotz, and Alejandro Aravena. Tour highlights included Casa Poli (with a private reception with architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen), wine tasting at the VIK winery (designed by Smiljan Radic), and a visit to the Termas Geometricas spa designed by German del Sol.
DINE BY DESIGN 2017 engaged in exceptional ways and left us feeling nourished. Our 3rd annual DBD featured Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, who calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate. The event took place at the Pioneer Schoolhouse in downtown Anchorage.
FUTURE TENSE LECTURE SERIES
The imagining of possible future realities is an important part of what designers do. From the seemingly inevitable march of history to the fanciful to dire and dystopian, visions of the future are essential to guiding the development of human culture and built environments. FUTURE TENSE assembled visionary futurists, cultural historians and learned elders to explore where we are heading, what might have been and what may be yet to come.
- 5468796 (Johanna Hurme & Sasa Radulovic) / Architect / Winnipeg
- Synthesis Design & Architecture (Alvin Huang) / Architect & Educator / Los Angeles
- Mary Mattingly / Visual Artist / NYC
- Iwan Baan / Photographer / nomadic
- Lava (Hans Wolbers) / Graphic Designer / Amsterdam
- Bernard Khoury / Architect / Beirut
Basel is known as the city of culture for connoisseurs, with historic landmarks and over 40 museums mixed in with small boutiques. Nestled along the Rhine river, Basel is tradition-conscious and open-minded at the same time, with modern buildings designed by renowned architects. The 3rd FLY BY DESIGN program toured Basel during July, 2015. The highlights of the itinerary were the Foundation Beyeler, Vitra Campus, Notre Dame du Haut, a walking tour of Basel’s Old Town, as well as studio tours.
In association with the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska Design Forum (ADF) hosted the FUTURE TENTS design challenge during winter of 2015-2016. FUTURE TENTS encouraged entrants to develop contemporary ‘tent’ designs which presented solutions to inhabiting our northern wilderness or re-thinking temporary outdoor structures. FUTURE TENTS was a thematic extension of ADF’s FUTURE TENSE lecture series. In order to support high-level designs, FUTURE TENTS included a lecture by outdoor living expert Mark Stasik and a hands-on workshop with Scott Coon of Alaska Dreams Inc.
DINE BY DESIGN 2016 took place at the Bunker Annex inside Kincaid Park. It was an evening of interactive design and immersive entertainment, featuring the talents of chef Robert Lewis (Pangea Restaurant) and entertainment director Kevin Worrell (composer, producer, performer).
SIGNAL/NOISE LECTURE SERIES
SIGNAL/NOISE investigated how design confronts and responds to the current hyper-abundance of information in the world. To what extent does this bombardment of information (“Noise”) carry meaningful “Signals”? When clamorous complexity abounds, what is the role of simple silence?
- Jakob Trollback / Designer / NYC
- Harri Koskinen / Industrial Design / Helsinki
- Lead Pencil Studio / Art & Architecture / Seattle
- Mark Fox / Artist / NYC
- Reed Kroloff / Architect, Designer, Editor, Educator / Bloomfield Hills, MI
- Robert Wong / Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Labs / NYC
- Rok Oman, OFIS Architecture / Architect / Ljubljana, Slovenia
DINE BY DESIGN 2015 was a sold-out evening of design intelligence, pop-up entertainment, and a uniquely curated dining experience at a spacious private home in Anchorage. Robert Wong (Google Creative Labs) presented the concept of the creativity quotient, an idea that suggests ideational fluency – or, creativity – can be both measured and cultivated.
The CABIN FEVER DESIGN CHALLENGE encouraged Alaskans to develop contemporary ‘cabin’ designs which address the inherent difficulties and highlight the uniqueness of living in the frozen North. Submissions were exhibited at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, and the design challenge culminated with an awards ceremony at the Anchorage Museum.
ADF’s second FLY BY DESIGN tour visited Stockholm and Helsinki in September, 2014. This tour provided an opportunity to connect with Scandinavian architects, artists and designers, visit respected museums, and take in Helsinki Design Week events. The tour was highlighted by a personal studio tour and dinner with Harri Koskinen.
BLING LECTURE SERIES
BLING explored the role of ornamentation in contemporary design. Is it “less is more” or “less is a bore?” Many of the world’s current leading designers manipulate materials and the laws of physics to bring beauty to an object or building. Perhaps it is the materiality of the thing itself – it’s expression and articulation – that signifies culture and meaning.
- Steinunn Sigurðardóttir / Fashion Designer / Reykjavik (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Fuhrimann Hächler / Architects / Zurich (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Ball-Nogues Studio / Integrated Design / Los Angeles (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Jessica Hische / Letterer & Illustrator / San Francisco (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Supermachine / Multi-Disciplinary Design / Bangkok, Thailand (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Solid Objectives / Architects / New York (ANC/FBX/JNU)
ADF’s first FLY BY DESIGN tour visited Reykjavik, Iceland in October, 2013. Tour participants visited galleries and museums, met artists of the Arctic in their studio settings, and experienced the architecture that defines Iceland as a place that inspires.
Object Runway 5 (January 2014) featured 54 designers who showcased 70 designs merging the world of fashion and contemporary art. Designs emphasized experimentation and the development of “objects” for a performance. A collaboration with the International Gallery of Contemporary Art.
- Presented lecture/workshop sessions in 3D printing, by Nervous System (Boston). (ANC, FBX & JNU).
- Presented a fabricator focus on architectural art glass & mosaics featuring Franz Mayer of Munich, Inc., and visual stories from Artists Pat Shelton and Sheila Wyne presented visual stories of related mosaic works. (ANC).
- Sponsored a screening of Passive House: A Building Revolution , as part of the Anchorage International Film Festival. (ANC).
HERE LECTURE SERIES
HERE: From Global to Hyper Local looked at the meanings of “place” and ways of affecting it. We were interested in a multidisciplinary look at design for communities and innovative ways of approaching challenges, in ways that might then be applied to the challenges facing urban and rural Alaska (erosion, climate, economics, language, subsistence and change).
- Tezuka / Architect / Tokyo (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Carlo Ratti / Landscape, Urbanism Design / Cambridge, MA (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Plasma Studio / Architects / London (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- LUST / Multidisciplinary Graphic Design / The Hague, Netherlands (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Lateral Office / Architect / Toronto (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Olson Kundig / Architect / Seattle (ANC/FBX/JNU)
RELOCATE SPECIAL PROJECT
Using social arts methods and online media, ReLOCATE focused on building platforms to make the social, political, and environmental issues related to remote village relocation visible to both regional and global audiences. During August to September of 2012, artist-participants WochenKlauser, Sharon Daniel, Jen Marlow, and California College of the Arts traveled to Kivalina, Alaska to learn from and work with local residents.
CHANGING LANDSCAPES LECTURE SERIES
Any act of construction, development or habitation by man inevitably changes the land it sits on. CHANGING LANDSCAPES was an investigation of how we build, look at, understand and interact with our surroundings which are changing as a result of new technologies, the global economy, climate change, the rapid development in Asia and India, and the swelling sustainable design movement.
- Joe Gerhardt (Semiconducter) / Filmmaker, Artist / Brighton, UK (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Brendan Dawes / Data & Technology Artist / Manchester, UK (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Wendell Burnette / Architect / Phoenix (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Reiulf Ramstad / Architect / Oslo (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Marko Peljhan / Communications, Digital Media Artist / Santa Barbara (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Jerry van Eyck (!melk) / Landscape Designer / New York City (ANC/FBX/JNU)
UN/COMMON LECTURE SERIES
The UN/COMMON lecture series looked at design inspiration from unusual sources and the impact of design on the common and uncommon spaces in our rural and urban communities.
- Lincoln Shatz / New Media Artist / Chicago (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- James Victore / Graphic Designer / New York (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Faythe Levine / Artist, Filmmaker, Author / Milwaukee (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen of STEALTH.unlimited / Architects / Rotterdam & Belgrade (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Nader Tehrani of Office dA / Architect & Designer / Boston (ANC/FBX/JNU)
COMMON SPACE SPECIAL PROJECT
COMMON SPACE was a series of programs – a statewide design challenge, a symposium, and featured artists working concurrently in five Alaskan cities – that looked at rethinking urbanization, community infrastructure, local development, the role of activism, reactivating common spaces large and small, and the formal and informal. The following artists collaborated with ADF board members to carry out projects and installations in five cities across Alaska:
- Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Concepcion, Chile). Project: Soft Pavilion, in Anchorage.
- Candy Chang (New Orleans). Project: Looking For Love Again, in Fairbanks.
- Hasan Elahi (Washington, D.C.). Project: Community Video Portrait, in Homer.
- Spurse (New Jersey) – Iain Kerr & Petia Morozov. Project: Niġġivik / Eating Place, in Nome.
- Rebar (San Francisco) – Blaine Merker & Adam Green. Project: Sho-Globe, in Juneau.
LATITUDE LECTURE SERIES
The LATITUDE lecture series aimed to explore other high latitude environments similar to Alaska, to further a dialogue dealing with design issues unique to Alaska and northern environments. Our goal was to explore building and design in the circumpolar regions in a practical way that does not romanticize the setting. With global awareness of climate change and melting icecaps, understanding the implications of design decisions in the far north is crucial.
- Frost Produkt / Product Design / Oslo, Norway (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- PK arkitektar / Architect / Reykjavik, Iceland (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Marian Bantjes / Graphic Design / Bowen Island, Canada (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Florian Maurer / Architect / Penticton, Canada (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Pezo von Ellrichshausen / Architects / Concepcion, Chile (ANC/FBX/JNU)
SITE/SIGHT Architecture Tour
XGRN LECTURE SERIES
- Cameron Sinclair, Activist, San Francisco (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Fritz Haeg, Eco-Activist, Los Angeles (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- R & SIE, Architects, Paris, France (ANC/FBX)
- Futurefarmers, Artists/Designers, San Francisco (ANC/FBX)
- Ana Rewakowicz, Artist, Montreal (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Barry Bergdoll, Curator, MOMA, New York (ANC/FBX)
- Mads Hagstrom, Graphic and Product Designer, Oslo, Norway (ANC/FBX/JNU)
FREEZE was an outdoor winter exhibition, with a coordinating series of public lectures and programs, featuring designers (architects, artists, landscape architects, lighting designers, graphic designers and others) from around the globe working in collaboration to create installations that feature, as primary materials, snow, ice and light – elements that characterize winter in the north.
SITE/SIGHT Architecture Tour
2007 – 2008
ATTACHMENTS LECTURE SERIES
- Alex Krieger, Urban Planner, Cambridge, MA(ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Cameron McNall, Multimedia Designer, Los Angeles, CA (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Claesson Koivisto Rune, Architects, Stockhom, Sweden (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Iwamotoscott, Lisa Iwamoto & Craig Scott, Architects, San Francisco (ANC/FBX)
- Einar Jarmund, Architect, Oslo, Norway (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Antony Gormley, Artist, London (ANC)
- Catherine Griffiths, Graphic Designer, Wellington, New Zeland (ANC/FBX)
ATTACHMENTS was an exhibition organized at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Alaska Design Forum.
Featured artists: Annie Aube, Chelsea Bailey, Lisa Ballard, Christina Barber, Kathryn Carovano, Don Decker, Hal Gage, Lisa Gray, Stephen Gray, Jessie Hedden, Denise Heimel, Ted Herlinger, Garry Kaulitz, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Keren Lowell, Les Matz, Garry Mealor, Scott McDonald, Baggs McKelvey, Brenda Roper, Wanda Seamster, Michele Suchland, Sheila Wyne and an installation by Klaus Mayer and Petra Sattler-Smith.
Shades of Green Architecture Tour. Part of the Site/Sight Series sponsored by the International Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Alaska Design Forum
Interactive Media, Multimedia Installations, Sound & Video:
- Charlie Morrow, Charlie Morrow Productions
- Julie Beeler, Second Story
- Donna Lawrence, Donna Lawrence Productions
2006 – 2007
PROCESS LECTURE SERIES
- Stanley Saitowitz, Architect, San Francisco (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Charles Anderson, Landscape Designer, Seattle (ANC/FBX)
- Rachel Perry Welty, Artist, Boston, Massachusetts (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Frank Barkow, Architect, Berlin, Germany (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Tim Eliassen, Product Designer, Westford, Massachusetts (ANC/FBX)
- MY Studio/Howeler + Yoon Architecture, Architect, Cambridge, Massachusetts (ANC/FBX)
- Aesthetic Apparatus, Graphic Designers, Minneapolis, Minnesota (ANC/FBX)
- Joep Van Lieshout, Architect/Designer/Artist, Rotterdam (ANC/FBX/JNU)
2005 – 2006
ROOTS LECTURE SERIES
- Lucy Lippard cultural critic, New Mexico (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Ed Fella graphic designer, California (ANC/FBX)
- Goro Hirata artist, Japan (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Marlon Blackwell architect, arkansas (ANC/FBX)
- Ed Crittenden architect, anchorage (ANC)
- Robert France landscape planner, boston (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Angelo Bucci architect, brazil (ANC/FBX)
- David Adjaye architect, london (ANC/FBX/JNU)
QUONSET BOOK & EXHIBITION
QUONSET: Metal Living For A Modern Age explored the impact of a prefabricated building system on the built environment and culture of post-World War II Alaska. The project consisted of a traveling exhibition, a website, and a book published by Princeton Architectural Press.
ADF is recognized as a recipient of Mayor’s Arts Awards 2006
2004 – 2005
24/7 LECTURE SERIES
- Ben Rubin, multimedia artist, New York City (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Matthias Loebermann, architect, Nuernberg Germany (ANC/FBX)
- LOT-EK, architects, New York City (ANC/FBX)
- Tom Henaghan, art critic, Sydney Australia (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Stefan Sagmeister, Graphic Designer, New York City
- Jennifer Siegal, Architect, Venice, California
- Richard Horden, Architect, London, United Kingdom
- Third Tuesday – “Museum Expansion”, presentation/discussion
- Yves Behar, Product / Industrial Designer, San Francisco, California
2003 – 2004
SKIN LECTURE SERIES
- Bill Morrison (ANC/FBX/JUN)
- Julie Bargmann, landscape architect, Charlottesville VA (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Pierre Thibault, architect, Quebec City Canada (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Christopher Sharples (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Dave Ellis, graphic design, London (ANC/FBX)
- Karim Rashid, product design, New York City (ANC/FBX)
- David Chipperfield, architect, London (ANC/FBX)
- Werner Sobek, structural engineer, Stuttgart Germany (ANC/FBX)
Fran Reed, Sonya Kelliher-Combs
2002 – 2003
- Peter Zumthor (ANC/FBX)
- Shigeru Ban (ANC/FBX)
- Steve Badanes (KTN)
- Jennifer Sterling (ANC/FBX)
- Casagrande & Rintala (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Shim & Sutcliffe (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Jessica Stockholder (ANC/FBX/JNU)
REDRUM. A site-specific installation by Marco Casagrande & Sami Rintala, commissioned by ADF in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum and UAA Sculpture Department.
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Casagrande & Rintala
2001 – 2002
- Perimetre-Flux (ANC/FBX)
- Vincent James (ANC/FBX)
- James Carpenter (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Diavolo Dance Theater (ANC/FBX)
- Rick Joy (ANC/FBX)
- James Wines – SITE (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Bill Johnson (ANC/FBX/JNU)
Urban Memory Forest. A site-specific installation by Klaus Mayer and Petra Sattler-Smith, produced by ADF in collaboration with the UAA Look Again project.
QUONSET: The Ongoing History of Quonset Huts in Alaska. Donald Albrecht, Trevor Boddy, Chris Chiei, Julie Decker, Charles Mobley, Shelah Shanks, Louis Santoro, Clark Yerrington
NEA Design Talk with Mark Robbins
2000 – 2001
- Karen Finley, performance artist, New York (ANC/FBX)
- Dissing & Weitling, architect, Denmark (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, Finland (ANC/FBX/JNU)
- Moriyama & Teshima, architect, Toronto (ANC/FBX)
- Robert Murase, landscape architect, Oregon (ANC/FBX)
- Susan Joy Share, artist, Alaska/New York (ANC/FBX)
- Asymptote Architecture (ANC/FBX)
- Shawn Skabelund, sculptor, Arizona (ANC/FBX/JNU)
Juhani Pallasmaaz, Susan Joy Share
Alvar Aalto Exhibition: Timeless Expressions, in conjunction with the Alvar Aalto Foundation in Helsinki, at the Loussac Library, Anchorage.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Shawn Skabelund in conjunction with Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, Alaska.
1999 – 2000
- Hamish Fulton, British photographer, writer, artist (ANC/FBX)
- Peter Cardew, architect, Vancouver (ANC/FBX)
- Tod Williams / Billie Tsien, architects, New York (ANC/FBX)
- Amy Knoles, California performance artist (ANC/FBX)
- Studio Granda, architects, Iceland (ANC/FBX/YVR)
- Kathryn Gustafson, landscape architect, France (ANC/FBX)
Amy Knoles, Peter Cardew
- Hamish Fulton: Changes, in conjunction with the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
- Peter Cardew: Ordinary Buildings, in conjunction with the UAA Canadian Studies Program
1998 – 1999
- Glenn Murcutt, Australian architect (ANC/FBX/SEA)
- Jan Henriksson, Swedish architect and professor (ANC/FBX/SEA)
- MASS Ensemble, Chicago musicians, dancers, visual artists (ANC/FBX)
- The Art Guys (ANC/FBX)
- Cornelia Oberlander, Canadian landscape architect (ANC/FBX)
- Steven Erlich, California architect (ANC/FBX/SEA)
Glenn Murcutt, Jan Henriksson, Mass Ensemble, Cornelia Oberlander
1997 – 1998
- Antoine Predock, Architect (ANC/FBX)
- XSIGHT!, Performance Troupe (ANC/FBX)
- Brian MacKay-Lyons, Architect (ANC/FBX)
- James Cutler, Architect (ANC/FBX)
- frogdesign (ANC/FBX)
- Ackerman & Raff, Architects (ANC/FBX/SEA)
Designing with Latitude: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hellmut Raff with Petra Sattler-Smith and Klaus Mayer
1996 – 1997
- Will Bruder, architect, Phoenix (ANC)
- Mary-Ann Ray, architect, Los Angeles (ANC)
- Fernau & Hartman, architects, Berkeley (ANC)
- Peter Eisenman, architect, New York (ANC)
- Rinde Eckert, performance artist, Los Angeles (ANC)
- Jenny Holzer, visual artist, New York (ANC)
To House Alaska: Will Bruder, Mary-Ann Ray, Fernau & Hartman, Mike Mense, Elise Huggins
1995 – 1996
LECTURE SERIES: CHANGING PERSPECTIVE
- Merrill Elam, architect, Atlanta (ANC)
- John Patkau, architect, Vancouver (ANC)
- James Burnett, landscape architect, Houston (ANC)
- Jet Construction, architects, installation artist, Seattle (ANC)
- Andy Goldsworthy, environmental artist, Britain (ANC)
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
- Andy Goldsworthy in Alaska, in conjunction with the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
- Hot Plate Cold Plate Mud Map Snow Blind Bladder-Bladder by Jet Construction, commissioned by the Alaska Design Forum and presented with Out North.
Alaska Works by Andy Goldsworthy, collaboration with the Anchorage Museum and Alaska Design Forum.
1994 – 1995
LECTURE SERIES: INTERNATIONAL SOLUTIONS
- Robert Magne, architect, Montreal (ANC)
- George Kunihiro, architect, Japan (ANC)
- Chris Burden, visual artist, performance artist (ANC)
- Mary Miss, visual artist, New York (ANC)
- California E.A.R. Unit, performance artist, Los Angeles (ANC)
COMPETITION & EXHIBITION
Imagine Anchorage. An open competition to present visions of Anchorage. Exhibited at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
California E.A.R. Unit, at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
1993 – 1994
LECTURE SERIES: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
- Steve Badanes, designer builder, New Jersey (ANC)
- Ned Vaivoda, architect, Portland (ANC)
- James Turell, environmental artist, Flagstaff (ANC)
- David Ireland, artist, San Francisco (ANC)
- Carol Johnson landscape architect, Boston (in conjunction with the International Winter Cities Conference) (ANC)
- Mehmet Sander performance artist, Los Angeles (ANC)
James Turell, David Ireland
Mehmet Sanders Dance Company, at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
1992 – 1993
LECTURE SERIES: CONTEMPORARY WEST COAST DESIGN
- William Turnbull, architect, San Francisco (ANC)
- Craig Hodgetts & Ming Fung, architects, Los Angeles (ANC)
- Aaron Betsky, architectural curator, writer, critic, The Netherlands (ANC)
- Holt Hinshaw Jones, architects, San Francisco (ANC)
- Eric Owen Moss, architect, Los Angeles (ANC)
- Thom Mayne, architect, Los Angeles (ANC)
- Frank Gehry Furniture at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
- Shelter at Stonington Gallery. The built shelter and competition entries
Shelter, a one-day charrette to design and build a homeless shelter. Jurors: Thom Mayne and Ed Crittenden
The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Film night at Cyrano’s
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