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Occupy Museums invites artists across the US to unite in Debtfair, a project that will be shown at the Whitney Biennial in spring 2017. Debtfair is a means of exposing the hidden layer of debt within the art market and its institutions. The 92 artists currently on debtfair.org hold 5.2 million USD of debt. We will expand this community in 2017. All artists who apply through this open call will be featured on a revamped debtfair.org and their work will be shown digitally in the museum; 30 artists who are indebted to the same institutions will exhibit their physical work. Are you an artist? Are you in debt?
Debtfair believes that the practices of painting, sculpture, performance, video, music, and conceptual practice lie at the core of a progressive democratic society. Yet artists and culture workers face evermore extractive economic burdens parallel to the booming wealth and financialization of the art market. Debt often elicits feelings of shame and alienation. It is a hidden tool of economic, social, and racial division. Yet, by showing how everyone is interconnected through it, Debtfair mobilizes around the financial relationships that bind everyone to one another, locating possibilities for solidarity in a global struggle, and leveraging our collective power as debtors.
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Since May 2014, St Paul's Cathedral in London has hosted one of the most recent works by Bill Viola, among the best-known video artists in the world. “Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)” is a polyptych that, on four plasma screens, shows the same number of individuals being martyred by the natural elements. Around seven minutes long, the high definition films are shot in colour, without sound.
“At the start of the work,” says Bill Viola, “the four individuals are shown in stasis, a rest from their suffering. Gradually, each scene acquires movement. Each element of nature begins to disturb their calm. Flames descend, the winds begin to be unleashed, water pelts down and the land is raised. While the elements rage, the determination of every martyr remains undimmed. In their most violent aggression, the elements represent the darkest hour of the passage of the martyrs through death to the light. ”
The work is on long-term loan to the leading museum group, Tate, as part of the "St Paul's Cathedral Arts Project", a programme aimed at bringing together art and faith, which will soon be enriched with another work by Viola, dedicated to Mary.
The staging of the prestigious video installation in the splendid setting of the Cathedral was designed by the renowned architectural practice, Foster + Partners, which, for the permanent exhibition structure, assigned Marzorati Ronchetti.
Corporate is an exhibition about prejudice and norms, about definitions of identity in connection with our cultural capital, about cultural heritage and its reworking under conditions of a conforming, global and above all consumer-based society. There is more on show than just an ironic engagement with images of west and east.
Corporate by Xu Zhen (Produced by MadeIn Company)
Kunsthaus Graz, Space01, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz
Opening: September 26, 2015, 6 pm
Duration of exhibition: September 27, 2015–January 10, 2016
Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow and Peter Pakesch
The exhibition of 150 works of art and documentary material by 34 artists directs to the once four crucial centers of Pop Art in Germany: Düsseldorf, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. During which these cities shaped Pop art into an independent urban art from.
The exhibition includes striking and surprising works, some of which have not been exhibited for decades or have never been shown publicly at all. German Pop is intended as an archaeology of a decade the 1960s to the early 1970s that uses paintings, objects and sculptures, films, collages, and graphic works to take stock of German Pop Art. The assembled works stem primarily from private estates and collections, but also from numerous well known art institutions such as the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, or the ZKM in Karlsruhe.
From our point of view the exhibition, i.e. the view of certain artists in the collection of German Pop Art is not a benevolent point of view on capitalism but rather a shallow critique on American „imperialism“.
He studied art history, museology, and business administration, and gained extensive experience in project work at various museums and institutions. In addition to his full-time occupation, David Vuillaume is a member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Museum Pass. The Network of European Museum Organisations – NEMO – elected him to the board in 2012. Since November 2014, David heads NEMO in his function as chairman of the network.
David Vuillaume coordinated and evaluated the Museum Night for the Association des Musées de l’Arc jurassien, and in 2004 he was instrumental in the conception of the cultural programming at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Together with Franziska Dürr in 2006, he was responsible for the first nationwide coordination of the International Museum Day in Switzerland. Furthermore, he was head of communications in a non-profit company for more than six years, where he was active throughout Switzerland.
David Vuillaume will talk and lead the panel at the MuseumNext Conference.
MuseumNext is Europe’s major conference on the future of museums. The event brings together delegates from around the world to discuss ‘what’s next?’ across all aspects of the museum including architecture, exhibitions, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose and leadership. MuseumNext 2015 will take place in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Andrew is a founder and principal consultant at Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, the leading audience focus consultancy. He works with forward-thinking arts organisations, both large and small, in the UK and internationally.
In he past 5 years, Andrew has worked with over thirty Museum Directors, Artistic Directors and CEOs to guide their organisations through his innovative Move on Up programme to help them become truly vision-led and audience-focused.
He played a key role in the development of Culture Segments, the first arts sector-specific segmentation system based on deep-seated cultural values and beliefs rather than just behaviour and attitudes. Culture Segments has now been widely adopted in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Turkey and China.
Disillusioned by Orthodox Arts Marketing, deeply suspicious of the rush to impersonal CRM systems and wary of anyone hailing social media as the cure-all, Andrew is, instead, focused on how we can build genuine, rich, rewarding human relationships between audience members, artists and our institutions.
Andrew McIntyre will lead a workshop at the MuseumNext Conference.
Wearable technology is predicted to be one of the big tech trends of 2015. You may have heard of popular of wearable devices such as Nike Fuel Band or the Apple Watch, but in the next few years hundreds of millions of wearable devices are projected to be purchased by consumers.
What is wearable technology and how will it disrupt museums. this interactive workshop will mix presentations form an expert panel with hands on play with the latest wearable tech. This workshop is a must for anyone interested in how this major trend can benefit the museum sector.
Gawain Morrison will lead a workshop at the MuseumNext Conference.
Museums are taking on new roles corresponding to different needs of present-day societies and changes from education, economy, science, environment and other relevant fields. There is a growing tendency to show social relevance of museums so the activities are getting more directed to various audiences, leading to new partnerships and different stakeholders. Innovative and dynamic approaches trigger off creative programmes in museums but how to keep pace on a larger scale and what is coming next?
The panelists from the most relevant professional museum organizations, present current trends stemming from their experience and encourage discussion on the chosen topic.
Goranka Horjan will lead the panel at the MuseumNext Conference.
A Talent Strategy for the Museum of the Future, Kaywin Feldman, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Innovative practice is messy, failure-filled, and full of uncertainty – in a world that is unprecedentedly digital, noisy, savvy, and unforgiving. Museums don’t always have the most quick and nimble track record for risk and innovation because they don’t invest enough in their staff – one of the institution’s greatest assets. Hiring good people is the easy part; the team also must embrace failure and practice iterative development, while challenging assumptions about accepted museum practice. This session will describe how to develop practiced innovation leaders across the entire institution that can drive experimentation, organisational learning, and strategy refinement.
Kaywin Feldman will speak at the MuseumNext Conference.
Jake Barton, principal and founder of Local Projects, uses storytelling and moments of listening to create interactive museum and public space experiences.
Media design company Local Projects, headed up by Jake Barton, is reinventing public space through media, creating meaning and connections. By engaging audiences through emotion and technology, Barton develops new ways for people to interact with art, cities, history and one another.
Barton is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Clients include National 9/11 Memorial Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, SFMOMA, StoryCorps, GE, Johnson & Johnson, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Cleveland Museum of Art, Seaworld, Microsoft, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Top of the Rock and the Sugar Hill Museum of Children’s Art and Storytelling.
Jake Barton will speak at the MuseumNext Conference.
Modern life takes place in systems –in social systems, economic systems, value systems, communication systems, judicial systems, systems of thought, health systems, training systems, transport systems, scientific systems, systems of living, educational systems, production systems, and many more.
Contributing artists: Vito Acconci, Josef Albers, Christian Boltanski, Hanne Darboven, Thomas Demand, Andrea Fraser, Katharina Fritsch, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Henrik Olesen, Falke Pisano, Martha Rosler, Jan J. Schoonhoven, Andreas Slominski, Simon Starling, Octavian Trauttmansdorff, and Heimo Zobernig
One Million Years - System und Symptom
Exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst
October 11, 2014, to April 6, 2015
Curator: Søren Grammel
designjunction has firmly established itself as the leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually during the London Design Festival and Salone del Mobile, Milan. Known for its uncompromising selection of leading global brands, designjunction is at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge design within an expertly curated space. In 2013, designjunction featured more than 150 world-class international
brands set against the industrial backdrop of a 1960’s Sorting Office in the heart of central London.
The five day exhibition attracted more than 21,000 visitors through the door, expanding to seven times the size of its original format in 2011. In April 2014 designjunction launched the fourth edition of EDIT by designjunction, Milan, a curated offering of the flagship London show. Transforming a historic 18th century building in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, the show attracted over 10,000 visitors over five days.
Qompendium is giving away entry tickets to the 4th designjunction. First come first serve. Hurry. Deadline: 15th September 2014
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A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.
Kimono for a Modern Age features more than thirty captivating examples from LACMA’s permanent collection exhibited for the first time.
The Pavilion for Japanese Art
July 5, 2014 to October 19, 2014
June 27–October 12, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 11am
Two new Banksy works purchased during his 2013 ‘residency’ in New York – for just apiece – will feature in Bonhams next sale of Contemporary Art on July 2nd in London for a price which reflects their true value.
Hassan Rahim, born 1987 in Los Angeles, is a mixed media artist and art director living in Philadelphia. Distillations is Rahim's second solo exhibition at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery; Rahim has previously exhibited in Milan and Amsterdam.
See exhibitions images here.
Qompendium has been awing Hassan Rahim, Jack-of-all-trades, for quite a while and now more than enthusiastic about Rahim’s latest minimalist “anti-collage” work which is an exhibition about the 90s West Coast nostalgia and Los Angeles street culture revisited by the Internet hiphop ephemera anticipants of today.
Hassan Rahim was born in L.A. but is currently living in Philidelphia. He is an art director, designer, and publisher. Besides Los Angeles, he has exhibited in Milan and Amsterdam.
Distillations is a refusal. Collage overlays images to connect disparate contexts and temporal zones. People and objects are layered, decontextualized, cut, and pasted into oblivion. At some point, a lack of restraint only leaves heaps of forced narratives, absurdity, and theoretical hash.
Hassan Rahim, Distillations
May 29th – June 22nd, 2014
HVW8 Art & Design Gallery
Alberto Baraya’s staunchly critical body of work examines the way that nature has been historically represented. His art exposes the subjective, destructive, and oppressive realities of the European expeditions of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries that purported to scientifically collect and quantify the indigenous plants and peoples of the Americas. Appropriating the processes of these colonial missions, Baraya ventures into the wild terrains of outhouses, doctors’ offices, and other unlikely public and private venues to generate a personal agglomeration of scavenged plastic (and otherwise fake) plants. He then documents and displays them according to his set of artistic criteria, creating a parallel yet distinctly fictional taxonomy of flora. He was selected to represent Columbia at the 2009 Venice Biennale and has exhibited internationally at a number of renowned institutions.
In "The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists", the MMK will serve as a stage for Dante’s Divine Commedy on 4,500 square metres of exhibition space. In this early fourteenth-century epic, which combines central notions of Christianity with religious concepts of antiquity, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) explores theological, philosophical and moral issues which have lost nothing of their social and political topicality to this day. His work forms the foundation for the exhibition developed by curator Simon Njami in cooperation with the MMK and to be presented subsequently at four further venues worldwide.
On three floors, one each devoted to heaven, hell and purgatory, works in a variety of media will be presented: paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, installations and performances. A large number of the works will be conceived specifically for the MMK interior and premiered by the show. Taking their own widely differing cultural and religious backgrounds as a point of departure, the artists will examine individual thematic sequences of the Divine Comedy. In some cases the otherworldly realms will be visualized as godless places brought to life by the power of imagination; in other works they will be associated with ideas of divinity, hope or loss.
Against the background of the many Africa-related exhibitions of the past years, the MMK perceives the need to investigate the significance of African art not only in the post-colonial context but also with regard to aesthetics. The exhibition will accordingly not be limited to historical or political depictions; on the contrary, it will set its sights on poetry and art as expresive means of conveying and communicating the unspoken. The exhibition concept transports the universal issues of the Divine Comedy, an incunable of European literature, into the present and places them in a transnational contemporary context.
Between 1945 and 1950, Stanley Kubrick produced a series of essay-type photographic reports for the American magazine Look, allowing him to perfect his skills in composition, atmosphere and timing, and thus to develop his own narrative technique and imagery.
Covering more than fifteen of the Look photo reports, Eyes Wide Open explores this lesser-known chapter in the career of the legendary director and testifies to his great narrative potential and keen psychological insight. As in his later films, one sees Kubrick opting for out-of-the-ordinary, often lonely human stories, all set in New York during those years when the city became “the new capital of the world”.
BANK AUSTRIA KUNSTFORUM
8 MAY – 13 JULY 2014
For T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, the New York-based artist has created a remarkable new panoramic film installation, which will fill up most of the second floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Here Wilcox revisits the “cinema in-the-round” panoramic presentations that appeared at the dawn of film history in the late 19th century, bringing the concept up to date with state-of-the-art technology to create an immersive cinematic environment.
Qompendium Work Shop is an art concept store and a consequent extension to Qompendium Print Publication.
It is created to nurture the readership with an open and ongoing space to encounter cutting-edge and historically relevant products, ideas and individual talents.
By opening this multibrand shopping experience the aim was to eliminate the existing hierarchy between global luxury brands and new emerging artists.
Qompendium Work Shop operates both offline and online, with worldwide shipping and satellite locations.
Qompendium Work Shop is now partnering with Museum Wiesbaden to showcase a replica of the store for two nights under the auspices of the museum.
Come and join us on the 12th December 2013 for drinks by Aqua Monaco and Balthasar Ress with great music by Trevor Jackson, Non Collective, Alex Murray-Leslie of Chicks on Speed, Chris Kontos, Com Truise and Samba Utopia.
The contents of The Decorator Source, the well known antique shop in the heart of the Cotswold town of Tetbury, will be sold in a single owner sale of antiques and decorative furniture at Bonhams Knightsbridge on 8th October.
The contents of The Decorator Source, the well known antique shop in the heart of the Cotswold town of Tetbury, will be sold in a single owner sale of antiques and decorative furniture at Bonhams Knightsbridge on 8th October. The sale will include over 500 lots made up of the contents of the large Queen Anne townhouse from which The Decorator Source has operated for the past 20 years. The building is now in need of refurbishment and the entire collection of stock, belonging to The Decorator Source owner Colin Gee, is to be sold.
Laurence Jenkell famous for her unique sweet sculptures has been inspired by Barbie® to create 8 unique pieces for a new collection. The unique pieces from transparent acryl by Plexiglas contain over 50,000 accessories, including iconic handbags and shoes from the endless closet of the famous doll. One candy even pays tribute to the first introduced Barbie® in 1959 in her black and white swimsuit. The price for the unique pieces varies from around EUR 12,000 for the 80cm to EUR 15,000 for the 100 cm candy sculptures. Depending on the accessories used from the little style icon, the candy wages between 3 and 5 kg.
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Equilibrium is a state of balance between opposing forces, influences or effects. My work in creating landscape paintings involves the art of balancing compositional elements of water to sky, sky to earth, shadow to light, and original to reflection. As a painter I seek to strike a balance between the tactility of paint on the surface of the canvas and the illusion of depth and distance. As a member of a complex technological society I struggle to balance work and play, the conflicting economic forces of art and business, and the range of emotions in personal relationships. The contemplation of pure nature and the activity of artistic expression help me to find and keep my balance.
— Christopher Evans 2013
This morning I was checking my inbox as usual to find a rather shocking email from miss Karola Krauss, Director of Communications of Museum Moderner Kunst Ludwig Wien stating that the museum would close immediately.
The reason for this drastic action is the new survey showing a totally unacceptable proportion of visitors from Austria's wealthiest percentile, as well as vanishing interest for the art itself in favor of the gift shops, restaurants et al.
Also, perhaps as an effect of this, during the last twenty years the art itself has gradually become less and less engaging and more and more decorative. The museum extends it's deepest apologies to those affected by this drastic decision, but hope there will be an understanding for their reasoning.
It was very clear for us that this is email or project could only be a cunning, classic pr trick so we replied to the press release congratulating them of their brilliant idea and of what help we could be.
Minutes later we were able to track down the artist behind this coup: Mr Petro Wodkins, a Russian artist exploring modern Art. His goal is to try to to find the core of art, away from the market, the posh galleries and the academia. Let's hear what his museum closing project is about.
Listen to the podcast with Kimberly Lloyd here.
By marrying aspects of eastern and western culture in her paintings, Yun-Kyung Jeong's works are the painterly pursuit of an imagined and idealised natural Utopia. Through the repetition of a leaf-shaped symbol that signifies the elements as one, the artist attempts to portray the invisible and subtle collisions arising from the conflicts between the countless elements that make up the world.
Jeong’s current body of work meticulously pursues every possible combination of the repeated sign in patterns that have qualities of optical illusion in their play with depth, combined with a strong sense of perverse three dimentiality.
There are subtle hints of western Gothic architecture in the patterns; the curves of flying buttresses and barrel vaults. As such constructions are considered to have a visual similarity with natural forms, this can be seen as a meeting point or collision of eastern and western values. Unlike the western Christian ideology of man over nature, such eastern philosophies as animism suggest a sense of equality.
Yoko Ono is one of the most influential artists of our time. In honor of the 80th birthday of the artist, who was born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting an extensive retrospective from February 15 to May 12, 2013. The exhibition will feature a comprehensive survey of the multifaceted universe of this extraordinary artist, who is regarded as a pioneer of early conceptual, film and performance art as well as a key figure in the world of music, the peace movement and feminism, who continues to play an influential role in current developments in art. Some 200 objects, films, spatial installations, photographs, drawings and textual pieces as well as a special music room will shed light on the diverse media landscape of Ono's art and the central themes of her oeuvre. The retrospective devotes particular attention to Yoko Ono's works from the 1960s and 1970s. It features, among other exhibits, such groundbreaking works as the Instructions for Paintings, first exhibited in 1961 and 1962; the performance Cut Piece (1964); and her book Grapefruit, published in 1964. Yoko Ono has also developed a new work—the installation and performance Moving Mountains—specifically for the exhibition in Frankfurt.
Half-A-Wind Show. A Retrospective
February 15–May 12, 2013
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Römerberg, D-60311 Frankfurt
Tuesday, Friday–Sunday 10–7pm;
Wednesday, Thursday 10–10pm
In Spring 2013 Moderna Museet is dedicating a major exhibition to Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), featuring many works that have never before been shown in public. This retrospective exhibition of a Swedish pioneer of abstract art is Moderna Museet’s tribute to Hilma af Klint as one of the greatest Swedish artists. A woman artist whose work is still far too unknown to a wider public, Hilma af Klint eschewed representational painting as early as 1906. Between 1906 and 1915, she produced nearly 200 abstract paintings, some of which are in monumental formats.
Like Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, who have previously been regarded as the main protagonists of abstract art, Hilma af Klint was influenced by contemporary spiritual movements, such as spiritism, theosophy and, later, anthroposophy. Hilma af Klint’s oeuvre builds on the awareness of a spiritual dimension of consciousness, an aspect that was being marginalised in an increasingly materialistic world. When she painted, she believed that a higher consciousness was speaking through her. In her astonishing works she combines geometric shapes and symbols with ornamentation. Her multifaceted imagery strives to give insights into the different dimensions of existence, where microcosm and macrocosm reflect one another.
Hilma af Klint left more than 1,000 paintings, watercolours and sketches. Although she exhibited her early, representational works, she refused to show her abstract paintings during her lifetime. In her will, she stipulated that these groundbreaking works must not be shown publicly until 20 years after her death. She was convinced that only then would the world be fully and completely ready to understand their significance.
Moderna Museet’s retrospective exhibition presents Hilma af Klint’s most important abstract works, as well as paintings and works on paper that have never before been presented publicly, enhancing our understanding of her oeuvre. Her extensive diaries and notebooks have been included in the research for this exhibition, which comprises some 200 paintings and works on paper and will tour internationally in 2013 to 2015.
Curator: Iris Müller-Westermann
Assistant curator: Jo Wi
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition which takes place this year May 14-16 in Geneva, Switzerland is the premier destination point for the EU business aviation community. Each year the exhibition brings together industry leaders from government officials, manufacturers and corporate aviation department personnel. New business aircraft firms, avionics firms, handling organizations, fractional providers, charter/lease companies and previously titled aircraft resellers all have the opportunity display their wares.
EBACE is jointly co-hosted by the EBAA (European Business Aviation Association) and NBAA (National Business Aviation Association).
Werkplaats Typografie invites you to the Mary Shelley Facsimile Library. Inaugurated in September 2009, the library is a collection of copied books relevant to every participant's research and practice.
The bootleg editions offer sixteen thesis bibliographies as part of an accumulating reference library for future participants. It is for the first time open to the public. Werkplaats Typografie's Mary Shelley Facsimile Library is looking for intrepid readers to critically review and enrich the selection. Discussions encouraged, refreshments provided.
The Space Between Garden and Eve
10 September–22 October 2011
Sint-Jorisstraat 6-8 Rue Saint-Georges
Brussel BE-1050 Bruxelles
With artists Yomar Augusto, Henryk Berlewi, Edward Hartwig, Fontarte, Polex-Expol, Zuo Corp.
Curated by Agnieszka Pindera, Michał Woliński
27 September–12 November 2011
Opening: 24 September, 5–10 pm
The opening at the Piktogram/Bla is a part of:
Where is Art? 17 openings in 2 days. Warsaw, September 23–24, 2011
The Peak of Communism, Autumn, Winter 2009
Beaten metal saucepan, diameter 35.5 cm, height 14 cm. (Courtesy the artist and Rossi & Rossi, London.) Part of Between Heaven and Earth: Contemporary Art from the Centre of Asia. (14 September–13 November 2011), Calvert 22.
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As in a cabinet of curiosities, in his workshop Max Boufathal accumulates. Here are objects, fancies, humanoids, strange dogs. This mess of the world is a mirror: is reflected there the history of its imagination, with these monsters, these prodigies and these faiths, all this getting organized around the most enigmatic of creatures, man.
It is a question of conjugating the experience of interbreeding, as personal and societal reality by noting irreparable transformations in the historic and contemporary order. Games of utopian shadows where the nature can be urged to rumble. Hybrid beings then compete, finding primitive weapons and using any means in an apocalyptic world where necessity knows no law. Of untangle and recycling, strictly calculated and finished, they provoke faintness so much we can be afraid that in some parallel worlds they serve or served. Max Boufathal is an explorer of Pataphysics territories.