Marginal Utility, Inc. http://www.marginalutility.org Marginal Utility is a non-profit gallery that presents the work of locally and internationally recognized emerging and established artists. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:11:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 LIVE PERFORMANCE by Rachel Mason: The Lives of Hamilton Fish http://www.marginalutility.org/current/2014/live-performance-by-rachel-mason-the-lives-of-hamilton-fish/ http://www.marginalutility.org/current/2014/live-performance-by-rachel-mason-the-lives-of-hamilton-fish/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:19:54 +0000 Yuka http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2425 CLOCKTOWER HF 1

LIVE PERFORMANCE by Rachel Mason: The Lives of Hamilton Fish
with Steven Dufala (formerly of Man Man)

April 15th 2014, 7:00-8:30pm (Door opens at 6:30)
Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium
Gershman Hall, University of the Arts
401 South Broad Street (corner of Broad & Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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LIVE PERFORMANCE by Rachel Mason: The Lives of Hamilton Fish
with Steven Dufala (formerly of Man Man)

April 15th 2014, 7:00-8:30pm (Door opens at 6:30)
Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium
Gershman Hall, University of the Arts
401 South Broad Street (corner of Broad & Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a live musical film that is based on a coincidence. A serial killer and a politician died on the same day. Both were named Hamilton Fish.

Told in the first person in the mind of a newspaper editor who discovers the coincidence, what follows is a surreal and fantastical journey into an imagined New York during the Great Depression. Mason sings all of the songs live and will be accompanied by a guest performer/musician, Steven Dufala.

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Rachel Mason: The lives of hamilton fish http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2014/rachel-mason-the-lives-of-hamilton-fish/ http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2014/rachel-mason-the-lives-of-hamilton-fish/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:32:25 +0000 Yuka http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2411 1_HF Office

4 April – 25 May, 2014

Opening reception 4 April 6-10pm

Live performance with Steven Dufala on 15 April 6:30-8pm at:
Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium
Gershman Hall
401 South Broad Street
(corner of Broad & Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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4 April – 25 May, 2014

Opening reception 4 April 6-10pm

Live performance with Steven Dufala on 15 April 6:30-8pm at:
Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium
Gershman Hall
401 South Broad Street
(corner of Broad & Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Marginal Utility is proud to present an exhibition of THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH by the New York based artist Rachel Mason.

In 2010 Mason exhibited The Deaths of Hamilton Fish at Marginal Utility, an installation of foundational elements of what would eventually become a historical fantasy cinematic rock opera. Her first exhibition explored the strange and obscure history which she pieced together into a story.

A serial killer and a statesman, both named Hamilton Fish die on the same day -Hamilton Fish II, a descendant of one of the most prominent families in New York State and Hamilton “Albert” Fish, a psychopath and a most notorious child murderer. A newspaper editor publishes their obituaries on his front page and this coincidence becomes his obsession. The film’s story is told entirely through songs in the editor’s voice as scenes unfold as a surreal tale where supernatural events and historic facts merge in a wild, musical journey.

In this new exhibition, Mason presents The Lives of Hamilton Fish. The film is projected onto the gallery wall in a continuous loop and the objects presented in conjunction are unique costumes and stylized props used in the film. Cubist and deco inspired design is a feature of The Lives of Hamilton Fish- whose fantasy world imagines New York of 1936 to be emerging from an abstract painting.

The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a film which is intended to be performed live in front of an audience. Its debut performance was in Hong Kong at the PIneapple Underground Film Festival where Mason sang the soundtrack to an audience at the Hidden Agenda rock club.

http://www.livesofhamiltonfish.com/

On April 15th Mason will be performing THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH film accompanied by Steven Dufala at University of the Arts, Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium.

Multi-instrumentalist Steven Dufala is one half of the Philadelphia based artist duo Dufala Brothers and was a founding member of the experimental rock band Man Man.

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Listening Party & Closing Reception http://www.marginalutility.org/extracurricular/2014/listening-party-closing-reception/ http://www.marginalutility.org/extracurricular/2014/listening-party-closing-reception/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:18:57 +0000 Yuka http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2404 DSMartin_hawkinsAschDSM

for Stefan Martin: Selected Works exhibition

Saturday, 22 March, 2014
4:00-5:30 pm

John McInerney will play selections from his collection of Jazz 78rpm albums and LP’s that Stefan’s father David Stone Martin designed the cover graphics for. David Stone Martin produced illustrations for more than 400 record albums for labels such as [...]

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for Stefan Martin: Selected Works exhibition

Saturday, 22 March, 2014
4:00-5:30 pm

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John McInerney will play selections from his collection of Jazz 78rpm albums and LP’s that Stefan’s father David Stone Martin designed the cover graphics for. David Stone Martin produced illustrations for more than 400 record albums for labels such as Clef, Norgran and Stinson.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Stefan Martin: Selected Works http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2014/stefan-martin-selected-works/ http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2014/stefan-martin-selected-works/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 02:29:56 +0000 David http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2362 Stefan Martin, 'Summit' (detail enlargement)  c.1970 wood engraving print on paper

7 February – 23 March, 2014

Opening reception 7 February 6-10pm

Marginal Utility is proud to present an exhibition of wood engravings by the Roosevelt, NJ based artist Stefan Martin (1936 -1994).

Stefan Martin graduated from the Art in Institute of Chicago in 1958. During that time Martin found work at the Sander Wood Engraving [...]

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Stefan Martin, 'Summit' (detail enlargement)  c.1970 wood engraving print on paper

Stefan Martin, ‘Summit’ (detail enlargement) c.1970 wood engraving print on paper

7 February – 23 March, 2014

Opening reception 7 February 6-10pm

Marginal Utility is proud to present an exhibition of wood engravings by the Roosevelt, NJ based artist Stefan Martin (1936 -1994).

Stefan Martin graduated from the Art in Institute of Chicago in 1958. During that time Martin found work at the Sander Wood Engraving Company, where as an apprentice he learned the techniques of commercial and traditional engraving. For over thirty years Martin employed these abilities to engage a rigorous investigation of the artistic limits of the wood engraving print process.

Stefan Martin’s engravings are a sophisticated investigation of the notion of white line technique. Wood engravings are relief prints that are produced by using the tools that were originally designed for steel engraving. Engravers work within the end grain, not the plank-side of the woodblock. This allows for the engraver to cut freely in any direction. Wood engraving was a dominant technique used for illustrations in books and periodicals from the late 1700’s to the early 20th century. There are two methods of wood engraving, the black-line and the white-line. With black line technique the artist makes a drawing in black and then cuts away the negative space between the lines. With white line technique, the artist cuts into the block directly making expressive marks with the buren.

Martin’s engravings combine a masterful performance of both approaches, but it is when a viewer’s eye follows the improvisatory marks scraped away by the artist’s buren that one gains a real sense of Martin’s accomplishments.

Stefan Martin spent a large portion of his early and later life in the rural town of Roosevelt, New Jersey. Roosevelt was the locus for a generation of artists such as Ben Shahn, Jacob Landau and Stefan’s father David Stone Martin.

David Stone Martin, cover for 'down beat' magazine 1961

David Stone Martin, cover for ‘down beat’ magazine 1961

David Stone Martin made a significant contribution to the graphic sensibility of Jazz record covers and magazines from mid 1940’s through the 50’s. David Stone Martin drew covers for Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and others. Filial traces of a shared sense of form, glimmering mid tones, and visually complex compositions can be seen between the graphic works of father and son.

Ben Shahn was a friend of Stefan’s father from the projects they did together for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930’s. Shahn was a widely recognized American Social Realist whose paintings addressed themes of social injustice. Stefan Martin worked closely with Shahn to periodically produce wood engraving interpretations of the older artist’s ink drawings. Martin’s prints present a legacy of draftsmanship from Shahn and David Stone Martin’s overlapping image repertoires.

Ben Shahn in collaboration with Stefan Martin, 'Martin Luther King' 1966, wood engraving print on paper, 25" X 20.125",

Ben Shahn in collaboration with Stefan Martin, ‘Martin Luther King’ 1966, wood engraving print on paper, 25″ X 20.125″,

Michelle Post was the only apprentice that worked with Stefan Martin and the majority of the work in this exhibition is from Post’s collection. The first wood engraving that Michelle Post produced while they worked together is included in this show. We at Marginal Utility are grateful to Michelle for generously lending her collection to this exhibition. Thanks to Stefan Martin’s brother Tony Martin and his wife Margot Farrington for sharing information with us about Stefan’s life and career.

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Alexi Kukuljevic: Don’t Be a Dreamer Mr. Me http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2013/alexi-kukuljevic-dont-be-a-dreamer-mr-me/ http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2013/alexi-kukuljevic-dont-be-a-dreamer-mr-me/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 15:20:46 +0000 David http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2344 Alexi with Orgy of Stupidity I (small)

6 December, 2013 – 19 January, 2014

Opening reception Friday, 6 December 2013, from 6 – 11 pm

Marginal Utility is proud to present DON’T BE A DREAMER MR. ME, a solo exhibition by the itinerant artist Alexi Kukuljevic.

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6 December, 2013 – 19 January, 2014

Alexi with Orgy of Stupidity I (small)

Opening reception Friday, 6 December 2013, from 6 – 11 pm

Marginal Utility is proud to present DON’T BE A DREAMER MR. ME, a solo exhibition by the itinerant artist Alexi Kukuljevic.

He was one of those creatures, at once simple and complex, encountered most frequently on the lowest rung of the social ladder, in whom constant, direct contact with a hermetic world of objects had developed, unbeknownst to those around him, a sixth sense—a sense of forever foreign, silent matter — often found in those spending long periods of time among deaf mutes.
Bruno Jasiénski, from I Burn Paris

To approach oneself one has to be a bit of a swindler. A conviction I share with Konrad Bayer. One looks for the self but encounters the me. One looks at the me and says I. One looks for a subject but encounters an object. But it wasn’t this bit of ghastliness I was looking for, this sorry sack of shit, but the I. Well, the I isn’t just any old hunk of meat that one can poke like an eyeball. One has to learn how to set the right kind of snares, to be a real trapper, the kind that still knows how to make their own skis, to choose the right kind of timber and how to use a plane. In short, one has to be ready to go the whole hog, to play the idiot, to confuse space and time and be a bit literal about spiritual things: to be a nihilist, to say I am bone with a clean conscience, to treat styrofoam like it is some kind of spiritual substance. One needs the sixth sense.

What does it mean to have the sixth sense? What is the hermetic world of objects trying to communicate to us? (Cunt! Wretch! Swindler!) Philadelphians already have their script with a clear answer. “I see dead people.” However, before M Knight Shyamalan there was Ferry Radax. I have in mind, Sonne Halt! [Sun Stop!] A beautiful movie! It has a wonderful script written by Konrad Bayer. The beginnings of his novel, the sixth sense. And what an actor!!! A first rate dandy! He played his self as a proper object.

But what is the sixth sense? Well, it is quite simple really. It means that in all circumstances where one can say Me, Me, Me, one can say I, I, I. It means knowing when to risk being a dummy. It also means lucidly apprehending the constraints that human life—that fit of decorum—imposes on what you see, hear, and understand. It means knowing the confinements, learning to experiment with their slackening. It means learning how to live with non-sense, to dispel the ease with which you move from the object to the subject. It means wearing incommensurables as one dons a mink. It means not being but becoming an abstraction. It means grasping a life, with all its contingencies, pointless details, the significant and insignificant, that whole jumble collecting like filth under a finger nail. I know what you’re thinking. But this has little to do with the hackneyed theme of mystical union or the infantile desire to see all those oppositions that cleave the world give way. The clue might be the refrain from the sixth sense: “when life and property are threatened all distinctions come to an end.”

Sometimes I don’t feel quite like I own myself. Have I too become a dreamer? Non-sense.

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MBB: Street Sweeper http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2013/mbb-street-sweeper/ http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2013/mbb-street-sweeper/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 02:16:31 +0000 Yuka http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2318 82482002_9c771c1cf6

28 September 2013

Interactive performance Saturday 28 September 2013, from 2-5 pm

Location: Northwest corner of 12th & Vine streets, Philadelphia PA

Marginal Utility is pleased to present STREET SWEEPER, an interactive performance event by the MBB (Brian Artigue, Scott Schulties & C.J. Stahl) as a part of the PEARL STREET BLOCK PARTY hosted [...]

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28 September 2013

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Interactive performance Saturday 28 September 2013, from 2-5 pm

Location: Northwest corner of 12th & Vine streets, Philadelphia PA

Marginal Utility is pleased to present STREET SWEEPER, an interactive performance event by the MBB (Brian Artigue, Scott Schulties & C.J. Stahl) as a part of the PEARL STREET BLOCK PARTY hosted by the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia.

The MBB interrogate how place and community are subjected to, and complicit in a system of cultural reward. Through a multimedia investigation that synchronizes social experiment, performative drawing, and sculptural attraction, they make an attempt to expand the discourse on the generosity of a creative action. In doing so they seek to enter conversations about behavior- specifically, the contention over the change of an activity’s meaning because of its context. They take steps to reveal the misdirection inherent in institutions that employ cultural capital as a tactic. Along with other singular, cultural producers, they include themselves in this interrogation.

The MMB performance will be a part of a day of performances, interactive artwork and displays hosted by artists and community groups including Jose Sebourne, Marginal Utility, Practice, and Vox Populi galleries, Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels van, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Asian Arts Initiative’s Social Practice Lab artists-in-residence.

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NORTH BY NORTHWEST http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2013/north-by-northwest/ http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2013/north-by-northwest/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:13:25 +0000 David http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2308 N X NW MAC@MU

1 November – 24 November 2013

Reception Friday November 1st, 6-10 PM

Marginal Utility is proud to present NORTH BY NORTHWEST, a group exhibition curated by Mount Airy Contemporary 
Art.

Artists:

Andrea Hornick

Odili Odita

Josh Weiss

Talia Greene

Andrea Wohl Keefe

Laura Watt

Brent [...]

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1 November – 24 November 2013

N X NW MAC@MU

Reception Friday November 1st, 6-10 PM

Marginal Utility is proud to present NORTH BY NORTHWEST, a group exhibition curated by Mount Airy Contemporary 
Art.

Artists:

Andrea Hornick

Odili Odita

Josh Weiss

Talia Greene

Andrea Wohl Keefe

Laura Watt

Brent Wahl

Abbey Ryan

Daniel Oliva

“Since 2009, Mount Airy Contemporary’s programming has focused on providing low key, high quality art experiences to the local northwest Philadelphia community. That experience has afforded us the opportunity to meet and work with artists who make their homes in the northwest. In this exhibition we assemble a small selection of these artists whose works and practices we believe have common threads – focal points where conversation can be had.”

Exhibition related events:

11/16 3:30 PM at Marginal Utility:

Andrea Hornick will present the epic narrative of her piece, Resilience. The altered reproductions of an Early Modern and two Baroque portraits of Jewish women sitters are relationally contextualized. Their shamanic transformations are woven into history to bring them into the present.

11/20 at AUX (time TBA):

Andrea Hornick will present the epic narrative of her piece, Resilience. Participate in a Shamanic Drum Journey, with live drumming by the artist, to encounter your own power animal.

North by Northwest is a project for CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition (citywidephilly.com), a recipient of a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge grant.

Mount Airy Contemporary is a small artist run space in northwest Philadelphia, co-directed by Colin Keefe and Andrea Wohl Keefe.

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Rob Swainston: Woodcut Map of Utopia from the September 2013 Edition http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2013/rob-swainston-woodcut-map-of-utopia-from-the-september-2013-edition/ http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2013/rob-swainston-woodcut-map-of-utopia-from-the-september-2013-edition/#comments Sun, 01 Sep 2013 10:53:02 +0000 David http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2295 Cover_Woodcut_Utopia_Swainston.

6 September – 20 October 2013

Opening reception Friday, 6 September 2013, from 6 – 11 pm

Artist reception Friday, 4 October 2013, from 6-11 pm

Marginal Utility is proud to present WOODCUT MAP OF UTOPIA FROM THE SEPTEMBER 2013 EDITION, a solo exhibition by the New York based artist Rob Swainston.

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6 September – 20 October 2013

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Opening reception Friday, 6 September 2013, from 6 – 11 pm

Artist reception Friday, 4 October 2013, from 6-11 pm

Marginal Utility is proud to present WOODCUT MAP OF UTOPIA FROM THE SEPTEMBER 2013 EDITION, a solo exhibition by the New York based artist Rob Swainston.

The show explores the interface between political and institutional structures, historical memory and print technology by exposing the “unstable image” in moments of visual interference—moiré, bitmap, collage, and line.

The exhibition draws its title from an illustration heading in a mass-market edition of Renaissance humanist Thomas More’s Utopia, picked up for free at New Harmony Vegetarian in Philly’s Chinatown, several years ago.

The illustration, Woodcut Map of Utopia From the March 1518 edition, is now out-of-copyright and displayed in cheap reproduction on self-destructing paper. This mass-market paperback is a shadow of a reminder that once people could write a book describing an idealized society via a fictionalized conversation between two people that did actually exist.

While print technologies were once cutting-edge methods of disseminating representations (maps, fine art reproductions), or political machination (treatises, manifestos, proclamations, or representations of historical events), we now have the fragmented and democratized pixel.

Swainston’s Woodcut Map addresses the dismantling of the printed image. The theme is explored in multiple forms in which different print media masquerade as each other; the line between print, video and painting is blurred; cast iron poses as wood; and a deconstruction of Léon Frédéric’s Four Seasons is translated as an inscrutable color explosion, matching our current state of “global weirding,” to Frédéric’s 1894 Academic idealism.

Swainston’s recent work employs print-based installation, video, and works on paper to explore print technology, the meaning of the image and ultimately the fragmentation and disappearance of the image.

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Get it While it’s Cheap #3 http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2013/get-it-while-its-cheap-3-2/ http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2013/get-it-while-its-cheap-3-2/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:14:50 +0000 Yuka http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2278 GIWIC web

August 2 – 25, 2013

Opening reception Friday, 2 August 2013, from 6 – 11 pm

Marginal Utility is pleased to present ‘get it while it’s cheap #3’, a summer group show that features new projects by Brian Artigue, Alexis Kandra, Scott Schultheis, C.J. Stahl & Ashley Wick.

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August 2 – 25, 2013

Opening reception Friday, 2 August 2013, from 6 – 11 pm

Marginal Utility is pleased to present ‘get it while it’s cheap #3’, a summer group show that features new projects by Brian Artigue, Alexis Kandra, Scott Schultheis, C.J. Stahl & Ashley Wick.

Brought together by their love of collective introspection and perfectly formed meats, The Meatball Boys (Brian Artigue, Scott Schultheis & C.J. Stahl) concern themselves with the structures of identity and practice. Often using dark and humorous visual tones, The Meatball Boys like to believe that it is still necessary to make sweeping critical gestures and eat sandwiches.

Alexis Kandra’s two paintings in the exhibition are inspired by natural history dioramas. Dioramas are models designed to take a part of a distant wild ecosystem, freeze it in time, and display it through dramatic theater to an audience. Museum wildlife dioramas in America were designed to gain popular support for the protection of ecosystems, when it became clear they would be completely destroyed through unchecked westward expansion. These paintings are dioramas of a quiet, internal, psychological state. The exaggerated color, stage lighting, and unlikely interactions between species indicate that this is a different world. The animals are like collaged or placed elements in a model.

Ashley Wick’s ‘Nature is Natural’ focuses on the inability of communication to visualize the behavioral tendencies in human nature, and the inadequacies of written and spoken language. By investigating language through repetition, Wick finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness and humor tht echoes our own vulnerabilities. Wick’s video installation work appears as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, and the past and present fuse.

And, special thanks to Zorawar Sidhu for the poached poster image.

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Jamie Dillon: Fun Control http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2013/jamie-dillon-fun-control/ http://www.marginalutility.org/exhibitions/2013/jamie-dillon-fun-control/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:33:48 +0000 David http://www.marginalutility.org/?p=2217

7 June – 19 July 2013

Opening reception, Friday 7 June, from 6-11pm

Fun Control will be Jamie Dillon’s #l so-low show to date. “I think I’m going to paint on the walls with my ass again” he says. “This time will be different though — my ass has changed.”

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7 June – 19 July 2013

Opening reception, Friday 7 June, from 6-11pm

Fun Control will be Jamie Dillon’s #l so-low show to date. “I think I’m going to paint on the walls with my ass again” he says. “This time will be different though — my ass has changed.”

Jamie Dillon is an artist based in Philadelphia. For more information call toll free: 1-888-386-6473

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