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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.21.19

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.21.19

Dog days of summer be damned, the Street Art in all of its fabulous illegal varieties, the true Vox Populi (and self-advertisment) persists and insists through the streets this July.

On the topic of illegal, we’ll state it again for the many persons who have an incorrect impression – Street Art, by definition, is illegal. If it is not illegal, please do not call it Street Art. That work you are looking at is probably a mural. Unfortunately we’ve seen some recent flagrant misuses of the term by some folks who probably should know better.

Good to see “Hysterical Men” here in New York, after admiring the campaign from Philly. The artwork reminds us of Robbie Conal as well, who is reliably skewering public officials with his wilting depictions of them on posters on the street. This week we also were reminded of Chicago’s Dont Fret when we saw the work of Matt Starr, with his textual witticisms. Don’t get us wrong, its not a criticism to have similar work – it’s just an observation.

Finally, considering the treatment of immigrants, the mounting fascism, racism, misogyny, and rageful ignorance being modelled and engendered from the highest offices in the land, we’re shocked that, with a few notable exceptions, Street Artists are not taking those messages to the streets. So much for its reputation for being activist. Not so much.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring Benjamin’s Brother, Bones, Cammix Vx, Captain Eyeliner, Diva Dolga, Domingo Zapata, Dr. Nothing, Hysterical Men, Invisible Essence, Little Ricky, Matt Siren, Matt Starr, Mattew Wythe, Mr. Djoul, Obey, Praxis, Raddington Falls, Rammellzee, Sara Lynne Leo, Sinclair, Sunflower Soulz, The Postman Art, and You Go Girl!

Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Choose Love (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mattew Hyte (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Obey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sunflower Soulz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hysterical Men…fighting for women’s rights…the wrong way… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hysterical Men (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Starr (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Starr (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Domingo Zapata (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dr. Nothing (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bones (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CammixVx (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invisible Essence . The Postman Art. Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Symbol…FYI (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Benjamin’s Brother (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diva Dolga . Raddington Falls . Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sinclair (photo © Jaime Rojo)
You Go Girl! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. Djoul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rammellzee looking dapper at Beyond the Streets exhibition in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Palimpsest in Manhattan. July 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Pichi & Avo & Goddess Athena in Barcelona

Pichi & Avo & Goddess Athena in Barcelona

Bringing their unique blend of old-world European white classical sculpture and the bright side of modern urban vandalism to Barcelona, the artistic duo PichiAvo paints the Greek goddess Athena engulfed in bubble tags. Freshly finished this week across 125 square meters, the mural depicts a particular version of the Pallas Athena’s sculpture in the Austrian Parliament that is in Vienna.

Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)

The Great Mother Goddess of wisdom, useful arts, and prudent warfare here emerges from a layered cloud of tags drawn from the artists’ friends and peers, local tributes, and a wide range of styles from modern graffiti practice. Here in Esplugues de Llobregat the multi-story mural graces a student residence designed by the Portuguese architect José Quintela da Fonseca.

Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
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BSA Film Friday: 07.19.19

BSA Film Friday: 07.19.19

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1. WK Interact in NYC by Fifth Wall
2. Rub Kandy & Biancoshock: “All the Lights”
3. Not Rented To Humans: Grip Face
4. Elrow’art: Kaos Garden with Okuda San Miguel and Paco Osuna

BSA Special Feature: WK Interact in NYC by Fifth Wall

“It was some sort of freedom,” says WK in this retrospective of NYC locations that he tries to recall with original photo in hand overlaying the original city spot. For some of us, the memories of all of these spots are sufficient, as the city was different then – perhaps more wild and dirty. For WK, the stories and the memories continue to evolve.

Well shot and edited, its a mature way to let the artist speak and evocative of his current manner.

Rub Kandy & Biancoshock: “All the Lights”

In the face of sexy new machine-learning and Artificial Intelligence – and the auxiliary tales related to art-making, perhaps this video is a way of preserving the authentic feeling of human discovery in its unglamorous basicness. Not to overplay this, but this conceptual piece is a meditation on the underwhelming mechanized aspects of industry, a blatant taunt of banality in the midst of high gloss unrealness.

Ladies and gentlemen, the conceptual mundanity of the Italian urban artists Rub Kandy and Biancoshock, who here demonstrate how to create electricity with a generator in an abandoned industrial space. It’s a marvelously underwhelming demonstration of the means of production. To “jazz” things up they throw in intermittent blasts of pop-star banality as well, sprinkled with blinky graphics.

…Turn up the lights in here baby
Extra bright, I want y’all to see this
Turn up the lights in here, baby
You know what I need
Want you to see everything

Not Rented To Humans: Grip Face

First, they look like run down sheds, these new wooden structures in high weeds – possibly stopped mid-construction, perhaps during the last economic downturn. Here the missed opportunity of housing, suddenly coupled with the found opportunity of art exhibition!

“There’s something both bizarre and magical in abandoned places,” writes Grip Face in the description of this video. “The course of time invades them, colonizes them, makes it into its own. The invisible imprints impregnate the walls and the experiential trace of past inhabitants slips through the cracks like winter would through a badly insulated window.”

Elrow’art: Kaos Garden with Okuda San Miguel and Paco Osuna

A warmup video for multi-disciplinary artist Okuda San Miguel and dj/producer Paco Osuna and their creative intermingling of avant-garde aesthetics with electronic music to create their vision of ‘The Garden of Delights’. The premiere of the artistic partnership of Ink and Movement and elrow will be on September 28 at Amnesia Ibiza. Here’s a taste of things to come! 

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ZMOGK has “Butterflies” in Lieusaint: Wall Street Art Festival

ZMOGK has “Butterflies” in Lieusaint: Wall Street Art Festival

Moscovite graffiti artist/muralist Konstantin Danilov, aka ZMOGK, is our third in a row from the French “Wall Street Art Festival” this summer. A late 90s graffiti artist working primarily with the letter form, ZMOGK has deconstructed it and pushed it through a prism or two, now nearly entirely abstract. Look closely at the finished walls below and you may see why he has titled this one, “Butterflies”

ZMOGK. Butterflie. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. SLieusaint, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

One of the few Russian graffiti/Street Artists that you hear of outside of his mother country, he has participated in a number of Street Art festivals and jams in the last few years. On this commercially owned housing complex in this relatively small town of 13,000 named Lieusaint, the artist channeled his emotions, organizers say, bringing vibrant dynamic colors in a rather chaotic composition.

ZMOGK. “Butterflies”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. SLieusaint, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

A press release says that his “first approach is based on intuition and the subconscious mind. This corresponds to the initial phase of working on a radically free canvas, when he closes the logical and rational mind and lets his hand draw the lines while focusing on his feelings.”

ZMOGK. “Butterflies”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Lieusaint, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
ZMOGK. “Butterflies”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. SLieusaint, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

The Wall Street Art festival is organized by Grand Paris Sud, Gautier Jourdain, and Galerie Mathgoth in Paris.


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James Reka at French “Wall Street Art Festival”

James Reka at French “Wall Street Art Festival”

Second in the summer series of walls from the south Paris “Wall Street Festival” is this decorative design work by the English-Australian-Berlinian James REKA. Completed during the recent brutal heat wave you can see some mind melting taking place on the exterior of a city media library in Savigny-Le-Temple.

REKA. “Mother Nature”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Savigny-Le-Temple, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Structured, animated, and entirely with cans, this treatment has become the expected output from the now Berlin-based artist, bubbly waves of energy that regale the façade. A former graffiti writer Reka and commercial graphic designer of logos and corporate branding, the artist now shows canvasses with galleries and brings his organically inspired forms from outside inside.

REKA. “Mother Nature”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Savigny-Le-Temple, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
REKA. “Mother Nature”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Savigny-Le-Temple, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
REKA. “Mother Nature”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Savigny-Le-Temple, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

The Wall Street Art festival is organized by Grand Paris Sud, Gautier Jourdain, and Galerie Mathgoth in Paris.


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Belin and “Laurita” in Évry-Courcouronnes for the Wall Street Art Festival

Belin and “Laurita” in Évry-Courcouronnes for the Wall Street Art Festival

The 2019 edition of Gautier Jourdain’s “Wall Street Festival” across 24 cities of Grand Paris Sud has begun this summer with 3 frescoes that will go up before the fabulous European summer holiday period.

Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Spanish Artist BELIN is the first to start the festivities, with his curious re-proportioning of the human form that looks oddly normal. The features are accurate, even hyper realistic. But BELIN consults his own photography, forces the perspectives, and skillfully juxtaposes a truly new form on this wall in Évry-Courcouronnes with surreally fun results.

He’s calling her “Laurita”.

Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

The Wall Street Art festival is organized by Grand Paris Sud, Gautier Jourdain, and Galerie Mathgoth in Paris. Upcoming autumn artists include L7m (Brazil), Andrea Ravo Mattoni (Italy), and Jace (France).

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Elfo: The Negation of the Image in the Age of Images

Elfo: The Negation of the Image in the Age of Images

The last time we talked about the Italian artist Elfo he was playing with Duchamp and ranting about fake news – in his lo-fi anti-style text rolled across a wall. As is his style, the Italian text maker likes to leave cryptic witticisms on public and private property as he wends his way through the urban cityscape.

ELFO (photo © Nicolo Taglia)

Looks like he found another wall to treat in a contemporary context, leaving one of his insider quips where few are likely to see it. Good thing we have a photo. Then again he’s negated the photo in this age of instaconsta– photo making. What is one to do – not post it?

ELFO (photo © Nicolo Taglia)
ELFO (photo © Nicolo Taglia)
ELFO (photo © Nicolo Taglia)
ELFO (photo © Nicolo Taglia)

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BSA Film Friday: 07.12.19

BSA Film Friday: 07.12.19

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1. “Melania”, Directed by Brad Downey
2. Said Dokins. “Runaway Writings” Solo Show
3. “Who’s the Daddy?” A film by Wong Ping

BSA Special Feature: “Melania”, Directed by Brad Downey

Street Artist/Interventionist Brad Downey widens his oeuvre with a documentary, and his exquisite critiques of hypocrisy – and his appreciation of life’s beautiful ironies are still fully intact.

Here in a grassy area between a dirt service road and the Sava River Mr. Maxi Z creates his ode to Melania, a girl born in the same hospital and year as he. Using his chainsaw to coax the immigrant/model/First Lady Melania from this tree whose roots go deep into her Slovenian homeland, the sculptor creates a painted tribute and a direct connection between art and life for all to see publicly. Hearing him describe his work is important, as is appreciating the struggle and sacrifice he speaks of. Hearing a traditional song and reading its lyrics, well crafted with nostalgia and heartache, buttresses the storytelling with context.

For us Mr. Downey’s brilliance is his examination of the assumed, his breakdown of folly, his ability to see. Here he shares his view with us, with warmth and satire. Among his targets, implied at least, may be the art world, the Street Art world, social anachronisms, international power structures, craven corruption. Among his tributes are the creative spirit, individual ingenuity, and the will to overcome. Long live Melania.

“Melania” 2019, Sevenica, Slovenia
A film by Brad Downey Featuring Maxi Z. Production Miha Erjavec Camera Aljaž Celarc Editing Eva Pavlič Seifert Song pevski zbor Bunkarji Sound Editing Simon Kavsek Translation Ana Bohte Assitance Jaka Erjavec Thanks to Son of Maxi Z, wife Jožica, Graveks d.o.o


Said Dokins. “Runaway Writings” Solo Show

Graffiti artist, contemporary artist, calligrapher and curator Said Dokins organizes images, objects and personal questions in his new exhibition at Centro Nacional de las Artes in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. 

With works on paper, on canvas, video, light, and photograph, the show speaks of conflict, community, the empire to the north, and his expansive practice with calligraphy. With each letter, each word, Said Dokins’ strokes free the steps of those who lived between these walls.

“Who’s the Daddy?” A film by Wong Ping

Hong Kong film director/animator/artist Wong Ping creates with the excesses and superficiality of non-stop consumer culture – humorously mixed and mingled with a young man’s insecurities, search for identity, and desire to get laid. His social, racial, cultural, political observations resonate beneath the eye candy. His sense of humor makes the formerly difficult easier to contemplate, the questions now tempered with the colorful absurdity of the world. Consider here, his ruminations on the length and curvature of the penis, among other things one might write in an online public diary.

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“Beautifully Destroyed” : RISK Rocks in Cleveland

“Beautifully Destroyed” : RISK Rocks in Cleveland

West Coast graffiti superstar RISK, bomber of freeway overpasses, designer of graffiti-inspired clothing, regaler of rap and rock videos; a self-aware sage-like lion-maned merging of Rick Rubins, Greg Allman, and a Norse Yggdrasil, now brings you the psychedelic slaughter of a Cleveland façade.

RISK in collaboration with Graffiti HeArt. Cleveland, Ohio. July 2019. (photo © Graffiti HeArt)

“We had crowds come every day to watch us paint,” he says of the technicolor splashfest he did along with Nashville artist Chris Zidek. The mural wraps the entire venue, a nonprofit that raises money to provide educational scholarships to youth who can use them – among other missions. With his distinctive style of saturated striped washes flooding the entire block Risk foregoes the letterform on the outside, but ventured in to catch a wild styled tag.

About this new full-spectrum piece that ties together his nearly forty years of graffiti practice along with his contemporary art practice, the muralist says, “I call it beautifully destroyed.”

RISK in collaboration with Graffiti HeArt. Cleveland, Ohio. July 2019. (photo © Graffiti HeArt)
RISK in collaboration with Graffiti HeArt. Cleveland, Ohio. July 2019. (photo © Graffiti HeArt)
RISK leaves his mark inside the building. In collaboration with Graffiti HeArt. Cleveland, Ohio. July 2019. (photo © Graffiti HeArt)
RISK leaves his mark inside the building. In collaboration with Graffiti HeArt. Cleveland, Ohio. July 2019. (photo © Graffiti HeArt)
RISK in collaboration with Graffiti HeArt. Cleveland, Ohio. July 2019. (photo © Graffiti HeArt)
RISK in collaboration with Graffiti HeArt. Cleveland, Ohio. July 2019. (photo © Deshon Jones)
RISK in collaboration with Graffiti HeArt. Cleveland, Ohio. July 2019. (photo © Graffiti HeArt)

This project is sponsored by Graffiti HeArt. Our thanks to gallerist/collector Brian Greif for images and on-the-ground information.

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Mr. Fijodor at “Without Frontiers” in Mantua, Italy

Mr. Fijodor at “Without Frontiers” in Mantua, Italy

It’s the fourth edition of “Without Frontiers”, a festival of urban art in Mantova Italy, organized by Simona Gavioli and Giulia Giliberti. This is the first mural we’ve seen from the 2019 edition, a hail of man-made products falling from the sky called “Plastic Rain” by Street Artist Mr. Fijodor. Here Mr. Fijodor is helping to continue a recently begun public painting tradition in this city with his illustrative scene of humans repairing a robot amid destruction, a storm of plastic bottles falling all around them.

Mr. Fijodor. “Plastic Rain” in collaboration with Without Frontiers Festival 2019. Mantova, Italy. (photo © Corn79)

Since 2016 the festival has tried to balance the new muralism of the moment with the history of Mantova (or Mantua in Emilian dialect) sometimes referred to as “the cradle of Renaissance culture”. Truthfully it’s a city known perhaps more for its Gonzaga tapestries than it’s Street Art culture but since 2016 “Without Frontiers” has hosted artists including Bianco-Valente, Boogie Ead, Corn79, Elbi Elem, Ericailcane and Bastardilla, Etnik, Fabio Petani, Mach505, Made514, Molis, Panem and Circenses, Perino and Vele, Peeta, Sebas Velasco, Vesod, Zedz, Joan Aguilò and Joys.

Mr. Fijodor. “Plastic Rain” in collaboration with Without Frontiers Festival 2019. Mantova, Italy. (photo © Corn79)
Mr. Fijodor. “Plastic Rain” in collaboration with Without Frontiers Festival 2019. Mantova, Italy. (photo © Corn79)

Without Borders Festival

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Horror, Humor and Tiny  Interventions from Sara Lynne Leo

Horror, Humor and Tiny Interventions from Sara Lynne Leo

Alter egos of the common fiend.

Many Street Artists and graffiti writers create a new character to inhabit – as actor or director.  New on NYC streets, illustrator Sara Lynne Leo seeks to capture your attention with little hand rendered characters making cleverly sideways critiques and observations – but only if you are good at noticing the small details of the street. These emotional mites and monsters are suffering the absurdities and insecurities of daily life, providing possibly a mirror to the everyday pedestrian as they wait at the crosswalk or stand in a doorway.

Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Film Friday: 07.05.19

BSA Film Friday: 07.05.19

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1. VHILS “Debris” Sets Macau in Golden Nostalgia
2. OKUDA: The International Church Of Cannabis
3. Mr. Sis. and #SoloUnBeso
4. Parees International Mural Festival. Oviedo, Spain. Edition 2018.

BSA Special Feature: VHILS “Debris” Sets Macau in Golden Nostalgia

Is anybody listening?

Last year Vhils published this film about communication – personal, intimate, and global. We waited a year to see if it felt equally timeless as the first time we viewed it and indeed it is. Some stories like these have an additional element that secures their status. Surrounding the portraits created by the Portuguese Street Artist in Macau, this collage of images, interactions, flashes of expression and sequences of behavior is accompanied by a linear/circular narration that attempts to reconnect to a personal history while chiding the narrators own behavior.

It’s a winsome recounting of memories that are shared globally; a communal and personal experience at once told with clarity and emotional nostalgia, written and directed by José Pando Lucas.

OKUDA: The International Church Of Cannabis

One would hope that the International Church of Cannibis would look like this! Owing perhaps to psychedelic art of 1960s counterculture, liquid light art, concert posters, murals, underground newspapers, and of course kaleidoscoping the world with new eyes, the Spanish Street Artists Okuda San Miguel transformed this internal architecture into a truly holy space. Denver is one of those American cities that still has a good economy thanks to Colorado’s low taxes, growing marijuana industry and soaring real estate market. It seems like the whole city has invited many Street Artists to transform street space over the last decade and with a good collector’s base, the art galleries are busy and special projects are popping up everywhere to show off the skillz.

With a new church that uses pot as a sacrament, this project is spearheaded by Steve Berke, who’s Wikipedia posting lists him as “two-time candidate for mayor of Miami Beach, cannabis activist, rapper, YouTuber, entrepreneur, and former All-American tennis player.” Dude, just gaze at the ceilings here and you realize that the possibilities are awesome.

Mr. Sis. and #SoloUnBeso

“Artist Mr. Sis is in Barcelona painting this pair of full figured females going in for the kiss on this billboard for Contorno Urbano,” we wrote a few weeks ago in a posting about this wall. Today we have the finished video.

See more here: “Mr. Sis Paints #SoloUnBeso in Barcelona”

Parees International Mural Festival. Oviedo, Spain. Edition 2018.

A new mini-doc from the Parees Festival in Oviedo, Spain has just been released about the 2018 edition. It features on-screen interviews with many of the artists who were involved, including Colectivo Licuado, Roc BlackBlock, Taquen, Xav, Andrea Ravo Mattoni, Kruella d’Enfer, Alfalfa y Twee Muizen.

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