Sahkanaga [FILM SCREENING]
Friday April 6, 2012, 8pm
RECITAL HALL, SIMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 54 ST. PHILIP STREET

In the winter of 2002, over 300 bodies were discovered strewn about the property of the Tri-State Crematory in Noble, GA, in various stages of decay. Sahkanaga imagines this event from the perspective of a teenager who discovers the first body. Filmed on location in Walker County, GA, with a cast of non-professional actors, some of whom had direct connections to the real-life scandal, Sahkanaga observes a tight-knit community on the brink of a terrible tragedy and their efforts to make sense of the unknowable.

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We Still Live Here [Film Screening]
Friday March 2, 2012 - 8pm
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street

We Still Live Here, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace, tells the unprecedented story of the return of the Wampanoag language, a language that was silenced for more than a century. At the heart of the film is an engaging, passionate, often funny, always entertaining ‘character,’ Jessie Little Doe Baird. Indomitable, droll, resolute, earthy, brilliant, and humble, she is a marvel to watch as she finds her way from the tiny Indian enclave of Mashpee, Massachusetts, to becoming a celebrated linguist honored with a MacArthur ‘genius’ award in 2010 for her unprecedented work in bringing her own Wampanoag language back home.

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NY Export: Opus Jazz [FILM SCREENING]
Friday February 3rd, 2012 - 8pm
RECITAL HALL, SIMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 54 ST. PHILIP STREET

In 1958, Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” NY Export: Opus Jazz, became a smash hit when it was broadcast on The Ed Sullivan Show and toured around the world. Set to an evocative jazz score by Robert Prince and abstract urban backdrops by Ben Shahn, the dance told the story of disaffected urban youth through movement that blended ballet, jazz and ballroom dancing with Latin, African and American rhythms to create a powerfully expressive, sexy and contemporary style.

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Opening Reception for Aggie Zed: Keeper’s Keep
Friday January 20, 2012, 5pm - 7pm
HICA Galleries, 161 Calhoun Street

The opening reception for Aggie Zed: Keeper’s Keep, on Friday, January 20 from 5pm to 7pm will be open to the public and include complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres. This exhibition comprises sculpture, installation, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Aggie Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, Virginia, where she lives and works today.

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Gallery Walk-through with Aggie Zed
Saturday January 21, 2012, 2pm
HICA Galleries, 161 Calhoun Street

A gallery walk-through with the artist, Aggie Zed, will be held within the Halsey’s galleries on Saturday, January 21 at 2pm.

This exhibition comprises sculpture, installation, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Aggie Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, Virginia, where she lives and works today.

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Juror’s Lecture: Julie Heffernan
Saturday March 17, 2012 3pm
Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street

Each spring, current College of Charleston students are eligible to submit their recent work to the “Young Contemporaries” annual, giving them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2012 Young Contemporaries exhibition, artist Julie Heffernan has been chosen to select the works.

Heffernan will give a lecture about her work on Saturday March 17 at 3pm in Simons Center, Room 309.

Her paintings have been described as “downright haunting,” “enchanting but eerie” and having an “offbeat punch.” “Haunting and enchanting and eerie are wonderful words for getting a sense of how my paintings affect other people,” she said, “but I don’t drive or steer the work to any particular outcome. For me, it’s about tracking these pictures in my head that I derive out of a process called image streaming.”

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Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Young Contemporaries
Thursday March 29, 2012, 5pm - 7pm
HICA Galleries, 161 Calhoun Street

Each spring, current College of Charleston students are eligible to submit their recent work to the Young Contemporaries annual, giving them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2012 Young Contemporaries exhibition, NY visiting artist, Julie Heffernan, has been chosen to select the student works.

Concurrent with Young Contemporaries 2010 is the Salon des Refusés exhibition; the first to be shown in the new student gallery within The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Ctr. for the Arts. The origin of the “Salon des Refusés” dates to Paris in 1863, when artists who had been rejected from the official Salon caused such a protest that Emperor Napoleon III ordered another exhibition held for them. Among the painters in this “Salon des Refusés” were Camille Pissaro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James M. Whistler, and Edouard Manet.

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Poetry Reading >> Prop Rockery
February 23, 2012, 7pm
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

Please join us for a an evening of art and poetry as we celebrate the publication of Emily Rosko’s Prop Rockery, which won the 2011 Akron Poetry Prize. The reading will take place at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at 7:00 on Thursday, February 23. The Halsey is currently exhibiting the work of South Carolina native Aggie Zed, whose art also appears on the cover of Prop Rockery.

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Call for Submissions >> Young Contemporaries 2012
Submissions due Thursday March 15 by 7pm
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

Each spring, current College of Charleston students are eligible to submit their recent work to the Young Contemporaries, giving them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2012 Young Contemporaries exhibition, NY visiting artist, Julie Heffernan, has been chosen to select the student works. 

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Herb Parker and his public works
Thursday April 19th, 2012 6pm
Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street

Herb Parker is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the College of Charleston. He has participated in over fifty site-specific interactions in the landscape since the early 1980’s. Parker has created public works at botanical gardens, a centuries old Japanese temple, urban centers, universities, rural landscapes and museums around the world. He has received a number of grants and fellowships over the years including the National Endowment for the Arts, Southern Arts Federation, The Louisiana Division of the Arts, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Awards in the Visual Arts XI, from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, to name a few.

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Miscellany Book Launch & Reading
Tuesday April 17th, 5-7pm
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

Miscellany is the College’s student-produced literary and art journal. Students are invited to submit their original artwork, poetry, photography and prose to be considered for publication. A student committee consisting of individuals selected by the editor-in-chief will meet during the beginning of each spring semester to select works for publication in Miscellany. The finished product is distributed to the campus community in April.

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SOUP TO NUTS WITH STACY LYNN WADDELL | February 8, 2012
For Patron Members
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

Soup to Nuts is an American English idiom conveying the meaning of “from beginning to end.” The phrase comes from the description of a full course dinner, in which courses progress from a soup to a dessert of nuts. These dinners are intimate casual affairs with artists serving as the main course. Of course we don’t eat the artist! Rather, we eat soup and devour the featured artist’s creative process as they describe inspiration, passions, grunt work, and, ultimately, final result. Lively conversation ensues. Soup to Nuts. These events occur 4 times per year and are a benefit of Patron Membership.

Stacy Lynn Waddell was born in Washington, DC and creates works that structure sites of intersection between both real and imagined realities of American history and culture. After earning her MFA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007, her work has been recognized and exhibited nationally. Waddell has participated in exhibitions at The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston Salem, NC, Branch Gallery in Durham, NC, the John Hope Franklin Center and the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University in Durham, NC, the Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, NC, The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, The Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, The Studio Museum in Harlem in NY and On Stellar Rays in NY among other venues. 


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SOUP TO NUTS WITH JOE WALTERS | April 18, 2012
For Patron Members
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

Soup to Nuts is an American English idiom conveying the meaning of “from beginning to end.” The phrase comes from the description of a full course dinner, in which courses progress from a soup to a dessert of nuts. These dinners are intimate casual affairs with artists serving as the main course. Of course we don’t eat the artist! Rather, we eat soup and devour the featured artist’s creative process as they describe inspiration, passions, grunt work, and, ultimately, final result. Lively conversation ensues. Soup to Nuts. These events occur 4 times per year and are a benefit of Patron Membership.

A Charleston resident, Joe Walters is widely shown throughout the Southeast, Florida and New York. He has made a name for himself in the art world with his sculpture as well as his two-dimensional works. Joe Walters received his MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University. His work has been exhibited at the Mint Museum of Art, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. He is a recipient of the Southern Arts Federation Arts Regional Fellowship. Works by Joe Walters are in the permanent collections of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, SAS Institute Inc., Emory University, and the University of Florida.

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Opening Reception | Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto
Thursday, May 24, 5-7pm
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

The Halsey Institute has organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by contemporary Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto.  The opening reception on Thursday May 24, from 5pm to 7pm will be open to the public and include complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres, along with traditional Japanese drumming by Taiko Charleston. Motoi Yamamoto’s new works will be on display at the Halsey Institute from May 25 – July 7, 2012. Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto will travel nationally after its inaugural presentation at the Halsey Institute, including stops in Los Angeles, CA, Charlotte, NC, and Monterey, California.

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Spoleto Festival USA’s ‘Conversations With’ series
Saturday, May 26 5pm
Recital Hall, Simons Center, 54 St. Philip Street

Join CBS correspondent Martha Teichner for intimate conversations with Motoi Yamamoto about his creative process and experiences. Conversations are free and provide an insider’s perspective on the performances and productions that make up the Spoleto Festival USA.

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Public dismantling | Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto
Saturday, July 7, 4pm
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by contemporary Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. The exhibition will premiere in Charleston May 24-July 7, 2012, as a featured presentation of the Spoleto Festival USA. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a site-specific installation created entirely out of salt by the artist during his two-week residency at the Halsey Institute. An important aspect of the installation is the dismantling of Motoi’s work at the end of the show and delivering the salt back to water in collaboration with the public, hence, the title Return to the Sea. During gallery hours, 11am to 4pm, on the last day of the exhibition, Saturday, July 7, the public can visit the installation and gather a small amount of the salt. Then, as a group we will return the salt to the sea at the Aquarium Wharf on Concord Street.

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Opening Reception | The Paternal Suit
Friday, August 24, 5-7pm
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts has organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by contemporary Los Angeles artist F. Scott Hess. The exhibition will premiere in Charleston August 24 – October 5, 2012. The opening reception on Friday August 24, from 5pm to 7pm will be open to the public and include complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres.

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Gallery Walk-through with F. Scott Hess
Saturday August 25, 2pm
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts has organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by contemporary Los Angeles artist F. Scott Hess. The exhibition will premiere in Charleston August 24 – October 5, 2012. The gallery walk-through on Saturday August 25, 2pm with F. Scott Hess is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Opening Reception | Pulse Dome Project: Art & Design by Don ZanFagna
Friday October 19, 5-7pm
The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun Street

This exhibition, entitled Pulse Dome Project: Art and Design by Don ZanFagna, will present a series of works by Don ZanFagna that explicate the futuristic concept of “growing your own house.” Conceived in the 1970s, the artist imagined a home created, constructed, and maintained by all-organic processes and in perfect harmony with nature. The exhibition is curated by Mark Sloan, director and senior curator at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts. The opening reception on Friday October 19, 5pm to 7pm will be open to the public and include complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres. Pulse Dome will be on display at the Halsey Institute from October 19 – December 8, 2012 and will travel nationally after its inaugural presentation at the Halsey Institute.

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DRIVERS WANTED [FILM SCREENING]
Thursday, November 15, 7pm
ROOM 309, SIMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 54 ST. PHILIP STREET

Drivers Wanted reveals the impossibly eclectic community inhabiting a taxi garage in Queens, New York. Each day, a million New Yorkers depend on the anonymous faces behind the wheels, the men who tirelessly drive the city that doesn’t sleep. The film follows Eric, a new immigrant from China with a fresh start in America. With dreams of his own business, and a wife and two young sons to support, he turns to a simple job: driving a taxicab. But the easy route proves to be a Herculean struggle for Eric, who can neither speak the language of his customers nor navigate the city’s 6,174 miles of streets. Along for Eric’s ride, we meet classic New York personalities, including the city’s oldest taxi driver, the rumored inspiration behind Danny DeVito’s Louie DePalma, and a melting pot of immigrants with dreams of making it in America. Drivers Wanted takes the viewer into the taxi seat to experience accidents, blizzards, and the late night streets of New York City. The filmmaker will be in attendance and a reception sponsored by Sabatino’s NY Pizza will follow the screening.

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A MATTER OF TASTE: SERVING UP PAUL LIEBRANDT [FILM SCREENING]
Thursday, October 25, 7PM
RECITAL HALL, SIMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 54 ST. PHILIP STREET

A Matter Of Taste takes an intimate look inside the world of an immensely talented and driven young chef, Paul Liebrandt. At 24, he was awarded three stars by the New York Times for unforgettable and hyper modern dishes such as “eel, violets and chocolate,” “espuma of calf brains and foie gras,” and “beer and truffle soup.”

 Critic William Grimes likened Paul to “a pianist who seems to have found a couple of dozen extra keys.” Conversely, Gourmet critic Jonathan Gold called Paul’s food “the result of a failed science experiment.” He soon became a chef critics loved or loved to hate.

 The film follows Paul over a decade and reveals his creative process in the kitchen, as well as the extreme hard work, long hours, and dedication it takes to be a culinary artist and have success in the cutthroat world of haute cuisine in New York City. Exploring the complicated relationships between food critics, chefs and restaurant owners, the film delves into the life of an uncompromising, thought provoking, young chef ahead of his time. The filmmaker will be in attendance and a refreshment reception will follow the screening.

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AGE OF CHAMPIONS [FILM SCREENING]
Thursday, September 27, 7pm
RECITAL HALL, SIMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 54 ST. PHILIP STREET

The film is an inspiring and award-winning documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86 year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they discover the power of the human spirit and triumph over the limitations of age. Join them for a fun and inspirational evening. Age of Champions premiered to a standing ovation at the prestigious Silverdocs Film Festival and has since shown at more than 500 venues around the world. The Washington Post called the film “infectiously inspiring” and its characters have been featured in major media outlets including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. The filmmaker will be in attendance and a refreshment reception will follow the screening.

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Artist Lecture with Htein Lin
Thursday, October 4, 6:30PM
RECITAL HALL, SIMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 54 ST. PHILIP STREET

Htein Lin is a Burmese artist who works in a variety of mediums, primarily in painting, performance, and video. He spent almost seven years as a political prisoner in a Burmese prison (1998-2004). While in prison, he developed his artistic practice, using items available to him to make paintings and monoprints on his cotton prison uniform. In recent years he has expanded his practice to include three dimensional work and video.  

Htein Lin will speak about his experience of being an artist in the constrained political environment in Burma, including his jungle exile and the six and a half years spent in prison. He will illustrate how artists in all media have sought to push the boundaries of freedom of expression in Burma, and how they are experiencing today’s transition from a military regime to greater freedom. His residency and public presentation are co-sponsored by the Quattlebaum Artist-in-Residence Endowment, Asian Studies Program, Department of Art History and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Art Today: The Case of Documenta 13 | Lecture by Lilly Wei
Tuesday September 18, 6pm
25 St. Philip Street, College of Charleston, EDUCATION CENTER, Room 118

Providing an overview of this fantastic exhibition and how it re-defines art of the moment, this lecture also re-examines the changing role of the art critic. Documenta is a 100-day, international exhibition of mostly contemporary works by over 300 artists, which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. The exhibition includes an extensive public program with congresses, seminars, lectures, workshops for kids, and films.  Documenta ranks among the most important European exhibitions and attracts arts professionals, including artists, curators, museum directors, critics and art dealers. Established in 1955, Documenta is considered one of the world’s major must-see art exhibitions.

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Professional Development Day!
Saturday October 27, 10am - 5pm
54 St. Philip Street, Simons Center, Room 309

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Redux Contemporary Art Center are proud to co-produce Charleston’s 3rd Annual Professional Development day for visual artists in the Lowcountry. Visiting artist Didi Dunphy will lead this one-day workshop on Saturday October 27, 10am – 5pm. The workshop will take place in Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC. This workshop is recommended for any visual artist looking to gain a better understanding of the ‘non-art-making’ aspects to being an artist. Dunphy will present the audience with valuable knowledge and resources for building a successful career as an artist. Registration is required and limited to 50 people. Tickets are $30 until October 20, 2012. After October 20, tickets are $40.

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SOUP TO NUTS WITH JONATHAN BRILLIANT | September 24, 2012
For Patron Members
Halsey Institute

Soup to Nuts is an American English idiom conveying the meaning of “from beginning to end.” The phrase comes from the description of a full course dinner, in which courses progress from a soup to a dessert of nuts. It is the “from beginning to end” part that makes Soup to Nuts dinners so unique. These dinners are intimate casual affairs with artists serving as the main course. Of course we don’t eat the artist! Rather, we eat soup and devour the featured artist’s creative process as they describe inspiration, passions, grunt work, and, ultimately, final result. Lively conversation ensues. Soup to Nuts.

These events occur 4 times per year and are a benefit of Patron Membership. For more information on this new program or how to become a HICA Patron member, please contact Membership & Development Coordinator, Emily Rigsby at earigsby@cofc.edu or 843-953-4422.

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Honey Moon: The Halsey’s 8th Annual Membership Celebration
November 9, 2012, 7-10pm
Halsey Institute, The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts

Honey Moon, The Halsey’s 8th Annual Membership Celebration, will offer an opportunity for current Halsey members, potential members and visual arts enthusiasts to show their support of the Halsey Institute’s continuing efforts to provide innovative contemporary art programs to the Charleston community. Membership dollars support the Halsey Institute’s programming budget and supplement the funds received through grants and consistent support from the College of Charleston. We cannot possibly sustain our dynamic programming without the encouragement and financial support of our members-those who keep the mighty Halsey afloat!

Guests at the event will enjoy the cheerful and twangy acoustic rock band, The Local Honeys, have their portrait made on the moon and enjoy honey inspired libations, served by ICEBOX and heavy hors d’oeuvres, provided by Whole Foods and Butcher & Bee, under a bee-autiful art installation. The Halsey staff, Board and volunteers would like to thank our generous Community Partners for making this event possible and for supporting our pursuit to bring contemporary art to Charleston.

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Symposium | Bio-Logical Architecture: Past, Present, and Future
Saturday, December 8, 2 – 6pm
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Phillip Street

Entitled Bio-Logical Architecture: Past, Present, and Future, the symposium will bring Linda Weintraub, an eco-art-architecture writer, and William Katavolos, an architect and designer, together with the Halsey Institute’s curator Mark Sloan to discuss eco-bio-architecture. They will examine how ZanFagna’s vision of the possibilities within architecture are not only achievable, but within our grasp. A reception will follow at the Pulse Dome Project exhibition in the Halsey Institute galleries.

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The Pulse of Charleston, a panel discussion
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 6pm
Halsey Institute, The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts

The Pulse of Charleston panel discussion will feature local architects and preservationists. How are Don ZanFagna’s theories reflected in Charleston? One can argue that historic buildings and their preservation embodies the concepts that he was trying to promote – perhaps in surprising ways. Co-sponsored by the Halsey Institute and Historic Charleston Foundation.

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