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Gold

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Vanderlei Lopes Gold Leaks (2017)

 

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Alessandro Scali Giphoscope Raro (2015)

 

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James Lee Byars The Death of James Lee Byars (1982/1994)

 

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Louise Bourgeois Arch of Hysteria (1993)

 

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Mercedes C63 AMG Vestita d’Oro (2009)

 

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Ewan David Eason Paris (Greater) (2014)

 

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Talya Miller The Old Testament (2013)

 

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At $425 a pop, your shit will be flecked with pure gold flakes when you swallow these luxurious vitamins by artist Tobias Wong.

 

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Nuno da Luz Wilderness (2015)

 

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Takashi Murakami Oval Buddha Gold (2007-2010)

 

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Ray Harryhausen Hera Masthead (1963)

 

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The King Zilla HIDE AKI | Golden Slave (still) (2013)

 

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David Spriggs Gold (2017)

 

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Anish Kapoor Gold Corner (2014)

 

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Richard Orlinski Gold Wild Denim (2011)

 

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Kim Connerton Pre-Life (gold box) (2013)

 

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Relic Entertainment Dawn of War 3 (2017)

 

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Marc Quinn Pamela (2010)

 

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Ragnar Kjartansson Woman in E (2016)

 

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Aili Schmeltz Bling (2008)

 

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Lita Albuquerque Gold Suits no. 1-3 (2011-2012)

 

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Golden) (1997-98)

 

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Nile Red Mercury dissolving gold (2017)

 

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Shilpa Gupta There is no Border Here (2006)

 

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At the price of $25,000, the Frrozen Haute Chocolate contains a variety of cocoas from over 14 countries, milk, whipped cream, La Madeline au Truffle shavings, and 5 grams of 24-carat. To ensure your money’s worth, it comes in a goblet that is banded with gold and decorated with diamonds: 1 carat of them, along with a take-home golden spoon.

 

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Yves Klein TABLE MONOGOLD (1963)

 

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Super Mario Bros. X

 

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Kevin Francis Gray Face-Off (2010)

 

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Philippe Parreno Speech Bubbles (Gold) (2015)

 

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Danh Vo Promised Land (2013)

 

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DAIRAKUDAKAN Kinpun-Shou (2008)

 

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Sherrie Levine Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp) (1991)

 

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Liz Glynn Ransom Room (2014)

 

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Crista Bellion Gold Sugar (2014)

 

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Sylvie Fleury Caddy (2000)

 

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Yoko Ono Golden Ladders (2016)

 

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Boris Petrovsky The Global Pursuit of Happiness (2012)

 

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Thomas Hirschhorn CNN (2002)

 

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Rudolf Stingel Untitled (2012)

 

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Paul McCarthy Gold Butter Dog 1 (2003)

 

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Rebecca Baumann Cascade (2011)

 

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Peter Gronquist Dolce & Gabbana (2015)

 

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GTA San Andreas L96A1 Gold (2017)

 

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Maumorgo The 40+ jury members of the 2015 Laus Design Awards with hidden cuneiform messages referring to the Anunnakis who landed on planet earth to steal our gold so that the could restore the atmosphere of their planet Nibiru (2015)

 

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Ricochet Studios Accident (2010)

 

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Thomas J. Moran Our President (2013)

 

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M.I.A. Bring The Noize (Matangi Gold Edition) (2013)

 

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Vintage Boopie Style Gold Bubble Knob Ashtray Dish (?)

 

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Dominic Wilcox 24ct gold leafed skimming stone with individually ‘made to fit ‘leather belt pouch (2009)

 

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Casey Curran Bequeath these Seeds (2016)

 

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Dust 6 Gold Fucking Japanese Geisha (still) (2016)

 

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James Caldwell Unknown (2008)

 

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Mathias Kiss Golden Snake (2015)

 

 

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p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Not me, ha ha. Unfortunately — or fortunately? — AttentionSeeker’s visual is a coopted model/actor. I don’t know Algernon Blackwood, but, thanks to you, I soon will. ** Nick Toti, Excellent! About the successful and even intriguing screening. I’ll bet that was disorienting. Do you feel like the new score pulled out any unforeseen nuances or anything? Happy to have helped on the traffic front. Bon day! ** Sypha, Hi. As always, I do think there could be the most infinitesimal chance that in fact Cameron Dallas has gone to the dark side. Btw, I set up the Neo-Decadence post, easy as pie. Looks great. It’ll pop up here on the 28th, as planned. Thank you again, James. ** James Nulick, ‘Whores’ are all kinds off fellas offering all sorts of different experiences, man. You are (were?) where I was until almost you got there. Cool. I do know Wilcox Manor. Pasadena was my stomping grounds when I was growing up. Good question about Californians. I would ask the same about the French. The Getty nice, Counterpoint Books! That’s right near my LA pad. In fact, driving by it on my recent trip, I was happily surprised to see it still exists. Hm, well, your sister is only one big reader, you know. But you seem to think she’s right, no? Back to the drawing board. Titles are important. But then scads and scads of people don’t seem to be bothered that ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a truly awful title, so … Other than my back, I did have a good time in LA, yes. Tokyo! Safe trip home! ** Wolf, Ha ha, nice. Dennis La Malice. I’m assuming you know that’s a phrase from the French version of ‘Jerk’, and that Jonathan C. delivers it in a memorable, singsongy way. Sounds like you saw plenty at MoMA, so no big. Envy that you got to see the Club 57 show. Grant Wood, huh, very interesting. Huh. I’m, going to google him and revisit his odd, iconic thing now. Huh. Damn, you did have a good trip, at least the NYC portion. I did finish the first draft of our new film script yesterday. Whoo-hoo! I’m sure there’ll be plenty of revising once Zac goes over it and marks it up, but we’re close. I can’t wait to get it solidified so we can get it translated into French and then finessed so we can give it to our producer and, assuming he likes it, and he would be a fool not to, which he isn’t, we can say, ‘Raise the money!’ I am productive, I guess. Yeah, the waiting on these film projects is hell. It’s the only thing I don’t like about making films. Love to you. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Oh good, we had a tired mind meld. I finished the film script, hooray, so I’m going to try to watch that doc before I have to dig back into the TV script. Luckily or unluckily, our producer’s promise to get us her edit on Sunday, proved, as usual, to be bullshitting. No, about finishing the TV script before the club thing. We’ll be working on the TV project for months, and the club thing would be in late May. We’ll see. Ha ha, oops, about the alarm triggering. Kind of scary that it didn’t lure the police. Yeah, that’s scary. Good to know, though, like you said. My day was finishing the draft of the film script, and a friend of mine, Rico, who’s the star of the second sequence of ‘LCTG’ and also was one of the dancers in Ishmael Houston-Jones’ and Chris Cochrane’s and my soon to be revived piece ‘Them’, popped through Paris, and I met him for a coffee at Gare de Lyon, and that was nice. Thank you about the Biennale thing. Yeah, that’s pretty cool, no? I’m excited. How did Tuesday handle you? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Thanks, man. Very sorry that I didn’t get the thing to you last night, but I’ll get it to you today. Sorry for that delay. ** Steve Erickson, Sounds really interesting about your script thinking. I’m glad your computer’s problem turned out to be easily fixable. I hope it’s running silkily smoothly. I didn’t see your FB thing about the Spielberg, but nothing you say is a surprise. I am vaguely curious to watch him try to do that, or rather how. It’s interesting, or can be, seeing someone stretch too far. Well, yeah, re: the ‘Good Time’ crits, and then there are films highly acclaimed mostly or even only because they’re solid and read as anti-rascist. ** Chris Goode, You’re back, cool! Biblical, nice. Speaking of, yeah, I think I’ve gotten pickier with the escorts and slaves over time. Or weirder. Or I raised their bar. Or tilted it. Reaching for ‘The History of Airports’ was like fishing around in an apple tree and winding up with a golden apple in my hand. A rather transparent attempt to suit my praise to today’s general theme, but it’s true too. Yes, send me new stuff. That would be awesome. Oh, uh, I feel nervous about putting my postal address here. Is that weird? But … but … my new post-Google murder email address, if you don’t have it, is: denniscooper72@outlook.com. Strange that I would think sharing my email address is more doable than my snail mail one. I don’t think whoever wants to rob or kill me wants to do those things badly enough to figure out the two door codes it would take to break down my apartment’s door. Anyway … Fascinating about your Jake Bilardi piece. Wow. Strange how resonant he was, is. I hope they mount that proposed show of yours and that, yeah, I can see it if they do. I think Zac and I ended up deciding to think of Bilardi as a great magician, like, I don’t know, David Blaine to the max with eight billion times the ambition and commitment. Or something. Well, given the arrival of that fantastic guaranteed four year income re: your work, the problematic part is more mysterious, but then there’s no reason why the up- and down-sides should be connected. Would, yes, love to Skype! Zac and I will be away in Torino showing PGL starting Monday and coming back home on Wednesday, but, otherwise, I’ll be free as the bird. Shall we? Shall we make a date? ** Misanthrope, Oh, 2005, okay. It turns out I haven’t read it in any case. Oh, you know, I can appreciate Chabon’s and Self’s skills and general thing. I’m just not interested at all. Nothing there for me. I want to be thrown and dazzled and full of wonder about how a writer managed to create what I’m reading, and I don’t get that with them. My weirdness. I’m way into things that should make sense but don’t, as you know. Whoa, how does it mow? It is louder than hell? ** K0eton, Your name is the infinitely giving gift. Yeah, what were you saying? Ha ha, I liked it though. Work from home, cool, like, how? Or I mean what? Ace that story. Be one with it. ** Nik, Hi, Nik. I’m good. The producer feedback sucked, but we’re trying finagle our way around it. Well, an interesting thing about Gisele is that, although she is a director and choreographer, what she studied in school and got her degree in was puppetry. She studied at the big puppetry-oriented university here in France, which is coincidentally located in Rimbaud’s hometown of Charleville. So puppets, ventriloquism, dolls, and all that stuff is in her DNA. I didn’t have any pre-existing interest in puppetry apart from my novella ‘Jerk’, which she/we ended up adapting for one of our works. With Gisele, she has an idea of what she wants and then I realise it via my own spin/ interests/ skills as a writer. I’m her language-based minion, in other words. Through working with her, I’ve gained an interest in puppetry, for sure, but that interest remains pretty much confined to my collaborations with her. You’re going to move, you think? I do think Gisele’s work is very European in some way. Maybe in the sense of her use of puppetry too. When we’ve performed works in the US, people always talk about how European the work is. I never think of it that way, but I guess I get the difference. Have a swell day, man. ** Okay. Today: random idea I had about gathering golden art and things and stacking them up to see what that made. See you tomorrow.

14 Comments

  1. Dennis,

    Let me be the first to say this post is pure gold! Oh wait, is that too obvious? I want the gold bubble knobby ashtray thingy!

    Dennis, about ‘whores,’ I think you may have misunderstood me.. I wasn’t being judgmental at all.. in fact, I kind of used to be a whore myself when I was a very young man, and totally understand / sympathize / and can relate to them. The only thing that saved me from full-blown whoredom is my mother, who told me to come home when I was living in New York City in the earliest part of the 1990s and was really psychologically about as balanced as a Richter scale going off on a 7.5 … my mother saved me! But I think we are all whores in some form or another, at some point in our lives.

    Congrats on finishing the working draft of your new film script! How long did that take you? Is it just finessing with Zac now? I’m always interested in how long it takes a writer to create something.

    I’ll be in Tokyo for two weeks at the end of the year, perhaps you and Zac can make it out there? I’ll be there smack dab in the middle of /and on Halloween. Hope to visit with Paul Curran again, etc. it’s my humble opinion that Tokyo is the most fabulous, magical city in existence! If humans got along, and were doing things correctly, and didn’t allow government to govern, their proper encampment would look like Tokyo. Sadly, I don’t think humans will ever learn how to ‘get along.’

    Counterpoint Books is right near your crib in LA ??!! Hell yeah! I could have spent a few hours in there but my sister was with me and I didn’t want to be rude, lol 😂

    Yeah, the title. Oh well I’m just concentrating on the spider-webby, labyrinthine plot for now. I’ll ask my editor for ideas on a title. She is a very good editor and I trust her judgment.

    My other half is a Tao Lin fan, and has read all his books, although he didn’t like Taipei. I kind of have an aversion to TL, however I was reading Trip the other night, and idk if it was because I was stoned, or I was just in a really giving mood, but I was thoroughly enjoying it.. maybe because I have a soft spot for Terence McKenna, but I was enjoying it. I think a lot of people don’t get TL’s whole ‘thing’ and I find it slightly off-putting myself, but I was really enjoying the section I read of ‘Trip’ … I think this could be a big book for him, maybe win him some new readers. I wish him the best, sincerely.

    Congratulations again on finishing your new film script, Dennis! You’re on a roll!

    Love to you,
    James

  2. David S. Estornell

    April 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    WOW this The King Zilla HIDE AKI !!! I missed too the gold pants of Michael Jackson “HIStory tour”.
    I adored this last post.

  3. A gilded girl
    He loves only gold
    More below when I’m back from picking up the opioids at the pharmacy

  4. Actually, I don’t think my computer problems are over after all. I had trouble turning it on this morning, although unplugging it and plugging it again did the trick. I’m not running back to the repair shop, but it seems ominous and I fear the computer’s slowly breaking down. I backed up my hard drive this morning.

    The CNN necklace and D&G machine gun are hilarious. I might’ve mentioned this here, but I think it’s funny that if you enter “Freemasonry and hip-hop” into YouTube, 95% of the results will be videos about how Jay-Z etc. are part of a Masonic conspiracy and 5% will be people selling bling with Masonic symbols.

    I also want to incorporate a McCarey Manor video into ID. I was only able to watch 6 minutes of one of them last year before I got disgusted and shut it off. I had some sense of their reputation, but I wasn’t prepared for just how unpleasant it’d be to watch people being pushed beyond their limits – it was like HOSTEL as a documentary. And some of their videos on YouTube are 4 hours long! There are all sorts of rumors swirling about how the owner finances the haunted house, since he doesn’t accept money from visitors but seems to have a staff of at least 5 people, which start to get into urban legend territory: he secretly streams the most extreme parts of the tour, involving waterboarding and unsimulated torture, to sadists in Europe and Asia for a fee. That actually sounds close enough to the plot of HOSTEL that I think it’s bullshit, but I do wonder how he runs it when he gets “paid” with bags of dog food.

    • I mean “McKamey Manor.” And of course their YouTube videos may well be faked to look less staged than they are, but there are many people who’ve gone through it who are furious at them, possibly even with lawsuits pending.

  5. Well, gold IS the metal with the broadest shoulders. But kind of sad the Spandau Ballet song isn’t included with the above!

    Algernon Blackwood was one of the great old school horror/supernatural writers. Lovecraft was a huge fan of his work.

    Thanks for getting the day set up Dennis, looking forward to it.

  6. David Ehrenstein

    April 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    What fascinate me about puppets is their relation to reality. At Maximum Effect they’re better than reality. In “Lilli” a teenage girl trembling on the verge of adulthood (Leslie Caron) finds it easier to talk to the puppets in a carnival puppet show that real people. The Puppeteer (Mel Ferrer) is an embittered war veteran who finds it easier to communicate through his puppets than his actual self. In the last shot of his mini-masterpiece (directed by the great Charles Walters) the puppets — without any human manipulating them — are seen cheering as the girl and the puppeteer embrace.

    The puppets created and manipulated by Burr Tillstrom on his show Kukla Fran and Ollie were always completely real to me.

    Here’s a pic of Burr and his boyfriend Joseph Lockwood Jr.

  7. Hi!

    First and foremost: congratulations on the finished film script!! The finished first version, I guess I should say.
    Yeah, as glad as I was at the moment, it’s pretty disappointing to know that nothing would’ve happened if we pushed it out of necessity… Well, let’s hope we’ll never need that button, hah.
    Your meeting with Rico sounds very nice! And yes, absolutely, the Biennale thing is fantastic!!

    I had a pretty tiring day (hence the shortness of this letter). There’s this four-day book festival starting on Thursday and I basically spent the day packing books in boxes after boxes after boxes. I served the occasional customers too (with a little less anxiety than yesterday, maybe, but I’m not confident yet). I think I’m happier if I don’t have to deal with people, only books, haha.
    How was your day? Any news about your producer’s promised edit…? I hope everything’s lovely around there!

  8. So glad to see James Lee Byars getting pride of place here.

    @ DC, thanks so much for your compendium blurb that’s everything we could have wished for! Tomorrow we get the final proof back from the printers, we’re meeting with a few performers at the Generator to discuss our launch event on the 3rd, and I’ll try and push forward with contacting potential distributors too.

  9. Hey Dennis,
    Wonderful array of glittering sights here and nice to see Mario, MIA, ashtrays, film stills, etc. breaking up the more traditional art works. Love the James Lee Byars piece and cool to see an artist concoct a prequel . Not usually taken by Anish Kapoor but that gold corner really snared me.

    Catching up on the blog and goings on around here. I’ve been mired in our cat’s extreme illness, starvation weight loss, radioactive treatments, etc. I know you’re not a pet person, but that’s been taking up much of my spare time and emotional energy.

    Still reeling a bit from Cecil Taylor’s death. He was consistently the best live performer I’ve seen, whether solo, trio, large orchestra, etc. Lucky to have caught him many times in NYC. Immersing myself in his catalog and joining the Destination:Out radio show on WFMU (usually done without me) for a special show on his music next week.

    The grant to visit Paris was finally announced and that’s been nice. Excited to start lining up everything and will touch base about it fairly soon, if that’s cool?

    Sorry to hear about the notes on the TV script. Hope that shakes out without too many headaches. And congrats on finishing the draft of the new film screenplay. Exciting that’s moving ahead so swiftly!

    Saw ‘Isle of Dogs’ recently and really enjoyed it. Mystified by some friends’ and critics’ reactions to it as ‘racist.’ Seemed very clearly a fantasia about a thoroughly imaginary Japan, complete with taking animals, and not making any claims at so-called authentic representation. Some misbegotten strain of ‘woke’ criticism, maybe? Safe to assume there’s been a more nuanced reaction to the film in France?

  10. Dennis, I’ll think of the color gold sometimes, but I never think of gold itself and certainly not in terms of using it the way it’s used in these “exhibits” today. Interesting. I like it.

    StrawberryCumCake used Chris Dakota’s photos yesterday. Chris, who now goes by caspergotchi on his Tumblr, lives in London. Funny guy.

    I’m thinking most of the guys yesterday were using co-opted pics.

    Hmm, interesting re: Chabon and Self. I do get that with Self, not Chabon so much. But I have varying tastes myself. I can like a Chabon and a Cooper and a Dostoyevsky and a McCarthy. Not that you can’t, of course. A lot of styles appeal to me; I think it’s because I have my own little style and just can’t do what all these others can. That fascinates me.

    We haven’t tried the mower yet. It’s still sitting in the living room. It’s supposed to be 65 and partly sunny tomorrow, so that’ll probably be the day it gets broken in. We haven’t put the oil and gas in it yet. Though there’s this really MISAchievous part of me that wants to do that and rev that fucker up right in the living room.

  11. Ha, I see I was not the only one who noticed the slave boys.

    I’m so out of it, I missed Kevin Killian’s reading last night. Maybe he’ll pop up here and tell us about it.

    On a brighter note, there’s a new Ashley Paul record at boomkat.com! Sounds pretty good so far.

    Bill

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