Noon Lecture Online: Creativity, confinement and conflict

Noon Lecture Oct 30th 2020 Ola-Dele Kuku

 

Join us on October 30th at 13:00 (UTC+01:00)

for a lecture on creativity, confinement and conflict !

https://aub.zoom.us/j/95570775177

Meeting ID: 955 7077 5177

 

 

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Colloquium – Icons of Domestic Ritual

Colloquium - Icons of Domestic Rituals part 1

Dear Friends,
we are glad to invite you to our next event framed in our current exhibition «Icons of Domestic Rituals» By the architect-artists Ola-Dele Kuku, in which we have the great honor of having six personalities from the field of art, architecture, philosophy and letters. We want to thank all of them for the kindness and valuable time that they have given us to make this unique session a stimulating and rewarding experience.
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Agenda:
ICONS OF DOMESTIC RITUALS (part 1)
Ola-Dele Kuku in “conversation” with special guest contributor:
Casimir De Dalmau (artist) @kasimirdedalmau
Thursday 22 October 2020 from 18:00h – 19:00h
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ICONS OF DOMESTIC RITUALS (part 2)
Colloquium with our distinguished guests:
Bertrand Estrangin (gallerist / explorer / art collector) Bruno Erpicum (architect)
Ann Van Sevenant (philosopher)
Ola-Dele Kuku (architect / artist)
Leonor Hubaut (moderator / EU journalist)
Thursday 22 October 2020 from 19:00h – 22:00h
(The colloquium will commence at 19:00h)
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NooN ConsultinG Art
Chaussée de Louvain 803, Evere
Please book your visit by DM or
hello@noonconsulting.art or by telephone (0471 690 393)
Désirée Meza-Mesia Herrero
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Opening of the exhibition : “Icons of Domestic Rituals”

NooN ConsultinG Art is proud to present:

“Icons of Domestic Rituals”
(the Opera Domestica doctrine)

by
Ola-Dele Kuku (architect – artist)

Opera Domestica doctrine is an investigation into the Dwelling Space which is composed of rooms or partitions where particular objects represent Specific Routine Actions referred to as the Domestic Rituals performed repetitively by an individual or a group within that confined environment.

The provision for new needs and the accommodation of new tendencies within our surrounding are now prominent issues of attention in our contemporary society forged by conflict and social unrest.

Curated by Désirée Meza-Mesia & Ola-Dele Kuku

 

Opening

Thursday 17 September 2020 and Friday 18 September

from 18:00h – 22:00h

Exhibition from 17 September – until 30 October 2020

We shall be looking forward to seeing you!

www.noonconsulting.art

N @noon_consulting
Chaussée de Louvain 803, Evere, Brussels

Please confirm your visit : hello@noonconsulting.art or by telephone (0471 690 393)

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Out of Nothing! Book Launch and exhibition in Brussels

 

NooN Consulting ART in collaboration with Question Architecture 

present

OUT OF NOTHING!

the latest book of the architect – artist

Ola-Dele Kuku

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The book will be unveiled within the framework of the exhibition

Something has to give!

on the 8th of July from 18:00 till 22:00

chaussée de Louvain 803 – Brussels

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information, reservation : hello@noonconsulting.art

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New exhibition at Noon Consulting Arts – Brussels : Opening 4th-7th June

Noon Consulting Art June 2020 Exhibition

I am very pleased to invite you to the opening of our summer Exhibition Programme.

04 June – 05 August 2020

There are two reasons for this very special occasion:

1. We start with the first exhibition within the framework of the ‘Social Responsibility Programme’ #helptohelp ART.

This program works in favour of the prospect of overcoming the negative effects of covid -19 with the support for Direct Palliative, Prevention, Training Actions and Scientific Research carried out by the Red Cross and L’Ilot in Belgium, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) Italy, BSF (firefighters without borders), Caritas and CSIC in Spain.

2. This will be our second implementation of solidarity actions by talented artist that offer their relentless efforts and talent for a good cause and social contribution.

Carla Querejeta Roca

Ola-Dele Kuku

Ruggiero Maria Rutigliano

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Question Architecture – Out Of Nothing !

Ola-Dele studied architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI - Arc), in Los Angeles, Ca, USA, and SCI-Arc (European Programme) in Vico Mocorte, Ticino, Switzerland. From traveling around the globe, he currently lives and works in Belgium and is continuously working on his ’Cultural Mapping Project’ (2002 – present), which is an ‘Education Development Programme’ focusing on the establishment of ‘Post Conflict Rehabilitation Programme’ as an academic course of study in architecture school and art academies. He has written and lectured on various theoretic proposals (in Design Application and Applied Architecture), for Conflict Prevention and Post Conflict Rehabilitation in developing countries and conflict zones. Concentrating on significant topics such as religion, collaboration and architectural education, the interview aims to question the overall discipline of architecture.

This interview expresses Ola-Dele Kuku’s views and theoretical thoughts on architectural design and the built environment. His views and intriguing insights create a different world of sound, time and space. Completely captivated by the fundamental truths in his words, Ola-Dele fights and continues to fight for valuable architecture. Ola-Dele studied architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI - Arc), in Los Angeles, Ca, USA, and SCI-Arc (European Programme) in Vico Mocorte, Ticino, Switzerland. From traveling around the globe, he currently lives and works in Belgium and is continuously working on his ’Cultural Mapping Project’ (2002 – present), which is an ‘Education Development Programme’ focusing on the establishment of ‘Post Conflict Rehabilitation Programme’ as an academic course of study in architecture school and art academies. He has written and lectured on various theoretic proposals (in Design Application and Applied Architecture), for Conflict Prevention and Post Conflict Rehabilitation in developing countries and conflict zones. Concentrating on significant topics such as religion, collaboration and architectural education, the interview aims to question the overall discipline of architecture.

 

 

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Uptown Design 2019 – Lecture – 24th of September

Conflict Culture -The design era of ‘Need’ – rather than ‘Want’

a lecture by Ola-Dele Kuku

…With reference to wars, displacements and natural disasters, boundaries are constantly shifting and new territories are being created. These new territories have become the fundamental platforms for innovative solutions and interventions that require a continuous systematic approach…

Ola-Dele Kuku

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Uptown Design 2019 – Presentation

Uptown Design 2019 - Brussels Art & Design Tour

“Uptown Art & Design 2019 – The Brussels Limited Edition” will take place from 12/09 to 28/09/2019. Uptown Design evolves again and opens to contemporary art. Design and art creations will be exhibited now in the Uptown. Since its creation, this tour of exhibitions remains devoted to the discovery of Belgian and international design but adds a new artistic value to the course.

Ola-Dele Kuku’s work  is presented at

Marie’s Corner Concept Store

Rue de Namur, 39 – 1000 Brussels

 

Opening night : Wednesday 11.09.2019 from 6.30pm to 10pm

 

For more information, please visit Uptown Design website.

 

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Question Architecture – upcoming interview

 

“We need to rebuild the human value that is decaying”. @oladelekuku
Architecture is Incomplete interview – coming soon to Question Architecture.

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THE AFRICAS SUNDAY BRUNCH 9/12/2018 – TLMAG 29 AFRICAS x AFRICAMUSEUM IN TERVUREN

TLMAG AFRICAS SUNDAY BRUNCH IN TERVUREN

THE DAY OF THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC
REOPENING OF THE AFRICAMUSEUM

ON SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER, FROM 12-6PM

Lise Coirier & Gian Giuseppe Simeone are very pleased to welcome you in their private home and share this unique event of the reopening of the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren coupled to TLmag Africa(s), 304 pages dedicated to this continent.


TLmag 29 SS issue on Afriques /Africas (FR/EN), 320 pages & drawing, 2018
On the cover: Aimé Mpane, Congo Nouveau Souffle, erected in the rotunda of the AfricaMuseum

 


View of the Africa Museum, Tervuren. Photos: Jo Van de Vijver © RMCA, Tervuren

Ola-Dele Kuku – Architecture as Critique

Nigerian born, Brussels based architect Ola-Dele Kuku has translated his architecture training into a conceptual art practice. His ongoing projects stem from deep philosophical inquiries into the current state of culture, identity, and geography. Click here to read the full interview by Adrian Madlener.

 

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TLmagazine: Ola-Dele Kuku – Architecture as Critique

A recent interview of Ola-Dele Kuku, “Architecture as Critique” was published in TLmagazine issue 29. You can read it on TLmagazine’s website by clicking on the image below.

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Brussels Design September : Open Studio

 

 

O l a D e l e   K u k u

O p e n  S t u d i o

– exclusive exhibition of selected works by the architect / artist in his studio –

(Drawings, Paintings and Objects)

Inauguration: Thursday 13th September 2018

(16:00 hrs – 22:00 hrs)

Rittwegerstraat 21, rue Rittweger, 1180 Brussels

Open: Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September 2018

(14:00 hrs 22:00 hrs)

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BETWEEN ART AND DESIGN THE BELGIAN SCENE

Exhibition at KANAL – Centre Pompidou Brussels

DESIGN SEPTEMBER & FLANDERS DC

12/09/201804/11/2018

A collective exhibition curated by Roel Rijssenbeek & Inge Vranken

© Open Studio © Ola dele Kuku © Christian Carez

© Open Studio © Ola dele Kuku © Christian Carez

This exhibition includes objects in a specific niche in a sector as wide as design, that of ‘collectible design’ or ‘design art’, situated in the grey zone between art and design. Limited series and unique pieces, mainly or exclusively hand-made, form the core of this exhibition, in which unconventional and often monumental form takes precedence over functionality.

This exhibition highlights the importance of the questions that Belgian designers have around the choice of form and function in designs. The tension between these two fundamental aspects of design was a key element in the selection of the items for the show. This tension also comes up in the research into and experiments in the techniques and materials used. The result is always a very personal design language that invite interaction. The objects may surprise, make us think about, move us, disturb or mislead, or even amuse.

Between Art & Design, The Belgian scene offers us an ensemble that reflects the wealth and particularly the diversity of contemporary Belgian design. In this selection, the most striking aspect is the great artistic diversity that is also a strong characteristic of the world of visual arts in Belgium. The designers are acting as very independent and individual and they have developed their own ideas about the day-to-day environment and the interiorobject.

Belgian designers remain, with a few exceptions, understated; their work is rarely obtrusive but truly characterised by a feeling for aesthetics, volume and proportion. And even that is their strength.

 

Curated by Roel Rijssenbeek & Inge Vranken
At the occasion of Brussels Design September 2018

The designers :
Alain Berteau, Anne Marie Laureys, Ben Storms, Bram Boo, Brut Collective, Casimir, Charles Kaisin, Damien Gernay, Danny Venlet, De Vylder Vinck & Taillieu, Erwin De Muer, Jean-François D’Or, Julien Carretero, Kaspar Hamacher, Laend, Lionel Jadot, Maarten De Ceulaer, Marie-José Van Hee, Muller Van Severen, Octave Vandeweghe, Ola-Dele Kuku, Pierric De Coster, Piet Stockmans, Raphael Charles, Sep Verboom, atelier lachaert dhanis, Studio Job, Sylvain Willenz, MdSt, Unfold, Vincent Van Duysen, Vladimir Slavov, Hans Weyers, Xavier Lust.

For more information, please visit :Fore more info, visit the Kanal website

 

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‘CULTURAL MAPPING‘ – ON CULTURE, CONFLICT, AND THE CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN CITY

A SYMPOSIUM PROPOSED BY ARCHITECT OLA-DELE KUKU

held on 08 JUNE ’17 — 18:00

This symposium, proposed by architect Ola-Dele Kuku, addresses African urban space as a place for progressive socio-cultural development, conflict prevention, and post-conflict rehabilitation. It is held under the patronage of the Embassy of Sierra Leone in Belgium and in the presence of H.E Mr Ibrahim Sorie (Ambassador) and the Minister Counselor Mrs Florence N. Bangalie .

The discussion will investigate modern alternatives in the integration of creative arts and culture as tools to formulate, regenerate and activate a synthesis for a progressive socio-cultural development amidst the destruction and devastation of the environment, which are the prominent aftermath in a conflict zones.

The case of Sierra Leone is addressed. Freetown, the capital city would require the establishment of major cultural events or the accommodation of expressive creativity in order to introduce a social consciousness of geography and place with reference to years of conflict. This will also assist in the creation of different ancillary industries, structures and several economic activities in response to the possibilities associated with the proposed events.

Guest participants:

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Interview: Ola-Dele Kuku with Alice Mestriner

Ola-Dele Kuku was interviewed by Alice Mestriner during the workshop “A Continuous State of Time” held at the National Nigerian Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice 2016.

More about the workshop on the Nigerian Pavilion website.

 

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A Continuous State Of Time – Workshop

Visit the Nigerian Pavilion website for more information on the workshop.

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Nigerian Pavilion

Ola-Dele Kuku (architect – artist)Venice_Biennale_logo_transparent
15th International Architecture Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia 2016

(photos: Filippo Peretti – Riccardo Tosetto – Augusto Maurandi)

Nigerian Pavilion – 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2016 – Ola-Dele Kuku (architect – artist) – photo Filippo Peretti

Nigerian Pavilion – 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2016 – Ola-Dele Kuku (architect – artist) – photo Filippo Peretti

Nigerian Pavilion – 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2016 – Ola-Dele Kuku (architect – artist) – photo Filippo Peretti

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A common reader : Teatro del’Archivio

Ola-Dele Kuku

29 May 2014 |  by Janantoon

Ola-Dele-Kuku

Ola-Dele Kuku (photo: Jan Mariën)

When I first saw one of Ola-Dele Kuku’s furniture pieces, I was immediately captured. This piece was exhibited in the Design Museum Ghent.
Actually, ‘furniture’ is a misleading label. The objects he creates certainly present themselves as furniture, but they do not limit themselves to mere functionality. All his creations boast an unusual playfulness, as if they are made solely for the homo ludens.Last week Ola-Dele showed me his older work Teatro del’Archivio in the Brussels gallery of Philippe Laeremans.
This is a piece of furniture that has the presence of a sculpture, a monumental work, while at the same time it seems like a big toy. Like a little boy with shining eyes one wants to try everything: rotate the big cylinder, the inner cylinder, open every door, open every drawer and search for hidden places.

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Agenda Setting III – The Running Mean (2013)

15.12.13 – 9.03.2014 – C-mine Genk

Conflict is one of the recurrent themes in the work of Ola-Dele Kuku. The architect-artist sees conflict as one of the driving mechanisms in our world, and as a tool to set change in motion. Conflict has played a crucial role since the dawn of creation, just think of the stories of the Big Bang and the paradise of Adam and Eve.

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According to Ola-Dele Kuku our world has reached a turning point. The existing hierarchy is at its zenith and is therefore about to fall. We have lost our faith in God, we no longer fear him. Even morality, terms like good and bad and our complete image of society must be revised. Because morality changes depending on the side you are on. And although social media sometimes give the impression that our world is just a village, we are still increasingly concerned with what is happening outside our own front door.

How our world will evolve is still unclear, but there is no doubt that conflict stimulates change. It stands the existing order on its head and inspires innovation. Therefore, according to Kuku, we must learn to use conflict as a tool and learn how to manage it so that a new order can establish itself in nature and in politics.

With Agenda Setting III (the running mean) Kuku presents an installation that consists of open books in different languages. The words written in them refer to contradictions in our knowledge, methods of interpretation and belief, to causes of conflict. The words and texts form, as it were, a sort of pixels of the bigger picture. By not presenting any images Kuku wishes to allow the onlooker the freedom to connect his own visual connotations with the words and reverses the usual process of interpretation of an image. Agenda Setting III (the running mean) thus provides the onlooker with an alternative window on the world.

Elien Haentjens

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Conflict & Design With the support of the City of Genk and the Flemish government.

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7de Triënnale voor Vormgeving in Vlaanderen

Conflict&Design

Conflict & Design – the 7th edition of the Design Triennial in Flanders – shows how designers approach conflict situations and the impact their designs can have within our society.
The exhibition provides food for thought about how, in the (near) future, we will be obliged to interact with each other and manage our natural resources in fundamentally different ways.

AGENDA SETTING III – the running mean

Ola-Dele Kuku’s work for this Triennial will be exhibited in the ‘Conflict&Conflict’ section.

Making of Agenda Setting III – The Running Mean (2013) – Ola-Dele Kuku from Ola-Dele Kuku Projects on Vimeo.

Conflict & Conflict gaat over design op het niveau van de ontwrichte samenleving, met andere woorden over conflicten met een grote C. Hoe ga je als designer aan de slag binnen contexten waar genormaliseerde maatschappelijke regels niet meer gelden, zoals in gevangenissen, of in gebieden zoals Palestina, of in de favelas van Brazilië?

Wat wordt er van een ontwerper verwacht wanneer hij of zij geconfronteerd wordt met oorlogssituaties of natuurrampen? Op welke manier kan design tegemoet komen aan specifieke noden en behoeftes? Hoe kan design worden ingezet als katalysator voor het creëren van orde en harmonie in onze samenleving?

Het laatste project dat we op deze Triënnale presenteren gaat over de dood, het ultieme conflict. Hier ligt de focus op de voortdurende strijd van de mens om de dood voor zich uit te schuiven.

15.12.13 – 9.03.2014

For more info : please visit www.conflictanddesign.be
Adress: C-mine, C-mine 10, 3600 Genk (GPS-adress: Evence Coppéelaan 91, 3600 Genk)
Conflict & Design is een initiatief van Design Vlaanderen, C-mine en Innovatie en Design Euregio.

 

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Paris Art and Design Fair 2013

 For the 2013 Edition of PAD Paris Art + Design, Galerie Flak is pleased to present contemporary design furniture by Nigerian architect and artist Ola-Dele KUKU along with a selection of ancient fine art from Africa, Ocenia and North America.

opera-domestica-ii-similar-difference-1999-02Photo © Christian Carez

OPERA DOMESTICA II (SIMILAR DIFFERENCE 1999)

Designer – Architecte – Artiste : Ola-Dele Kuku
Bois d’aulne rouge (Alnus rubra)
Dimensions: 207 cm x 207 cm x 44 cm

presented by

GALERIE FLAK

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7th Design Triennial Flanders 2013 – Conflict and Design (workshop 3)

The 7th Triennial for Design in Flanders 2013 is an investigation into the social relevance of design and the role and responsibility of designers in our society.

This Triennial is a forum for designers who wish to contribute to this public debate. Their work can be considered as essential as we are forced to live and act differently and to change our attitudes towards our natural resources.
Conflict is a starting point for designers to think about our society, to create content and significance within a design process and to produce sustainable and economically viable products.

Design application

in post-conflict rehabilitation

 

WORKSHOP 3 : workshop team : Ola-Dele Kuku, Martine De Maeseneer, Gideon Boie.

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Ola-Dele Kuku at the Design Museum Gent

Exhibition - Design Museum Gent

“You cannot see, hear or feel ideas. Design and architecture are thus a way for ideas to materialize “

Until the end of August 2012

Similar differences

Until the end of August 2012, the furniture object “Similar differences“, designed by Ola-Dele Kuku, a designer / architect with Nigerian roots, presented in the Design museum Gent. The remarkable storage cabinet is part of a series. Ola Dele-Kuku drew this architectural object, the implementation was done by the VTI woodworking students from Roeselare. The collaboration illustrates the social conscience of the designer / architect, who may also be called philosopher, artist and researcher.
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Jan Breydelstraat 5 BE-9000 GENT

 

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‘Speaking in Vernacular’ Ola-Dele Kuku (Monograph) 2012

‘S P E A K I N G   I N   V E R N A C U L A R’
Exposition – Présentation du livre
30 Mars – 22 Avril 2012

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INAUGURATION : Jeudi 29 Mars 2012

(18.00 – 22.00)

Philippe Laeremans Gallery
27, Rue des Minimes
1000 Brussels

Pour Ola-Dele Kuku (architecte artiste) l’art traditionnel africain et l’art
moderne et contemporain sont absolument indissociables, compte tenu de
l’influence active et l’apport du premier sur le second. Philippe Laeremans
entame ici sa deuxième confrontation entre l’art traditionnel et l’oeuvre de
l‘artiste, composée de dessin, d’images, de peinture, de collage,
de physique et de chimie.
(Roger Ndéma Kingué)

Limited Edition
SPEAKING IN VERNACULAR   Ola – Dele Kuku
Monograph – 2012 – 178 pages
Texts by : Sara Weyns F. K ehinde Oluyadi Chika Unigwe Roger Ndéma Kingué
Layout : Wilfrieda Paessens
With the participation of : Philippe Laeremans Van Maradi Foundation
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RTBF Interview – ‘Passeurs de Monde’

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Ola-Dele Kuku RTBF interview – Passeurs de mondes – 2011

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Save Queen Elisabeth’s piano – (the mini project)

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Kwintessens Publication (Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Vormgeving en Mode) ‘Designing for Conflict and Chaos’ – interwiew by Kurt Vanbelleghem

 

DESIGNING FOR CONFLICT AND CHAOS

in Kwintessens – Forms of design that go beyond the logic of demand and supply –

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