A cooperation about the state of digitization

University of Zurich and Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zurich

We recommend arriving by public transport: Tram 4/13/17, stop "Museum für Gestaltung".

Opening hours and admission



Closed on mondays.

Adults CHF 12/8

Free of charge for students and employees of the Zurich universities UZH, ZHdK, ZHAW, PHZH, F+F and HWZ, and under 16 year olds

Press Reviews
29. May 2022, RefLab Kunstvlog
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Vor fünf Jahren hatte BlessU-2 auf der Weltausstellung Reformation in Wittenberg Premiere. Seither ist der umstrittene Segensroboter viel herumgekommen. Eine Woche noch erteilt er im Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich seinen Segen: als Teil der sehenswerten Ausstellung «Planet Digital».

27. May 2022, RefLab

Maschinen werden immer menschlicher. Da scheint es naheliegend, den Umgang mit ihnen grundsätzlich zu überdenken.

15. May 2022, ARTE Twist

Digitization is changing the world. If the big tech companies have their way, we'll be living in a digital parallel world in the future: the metaverse. What does that mean for us? "Twist" visits the "Planet Digital" exhibition in Zurich, meets the makers of a virtual museum in Berlin and designers in Amsterdam who create digital fashion.

04. May 2022, UZH News
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Neuro-Ophtalmologist Konrad Weber develops diagnostic tests to measure patients' balance disturbances. The data obtained show a sense of beauty, as an installation in the exhibition "Planet Digital" proves.

In the impressive exhibition "Planet Digital", the University of Zurich and the Museum of Design meet creative minds from the worlds of art and science, who together make digitization a tangible experience for everyone.

26. April 2022, TV Požega
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Planet Digital in Serbian TV.

22. April 2022, Kunstbulletin

Digitization is permeating a wide variety of areas. What status does the technology have in society? An exhibition takes up related questions and brings together a variety of projects that have emerged from collaborations between science and art.

14. April 2022, Inside IT

The exhibition "Planet Digital" by the University of Zurich and the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich attempts to show the background of digitalization. In the process, things that otherwise remain hidden become visible.

09. April 2022, Hochparterre

Digitization is everywhere and nowhere. It's not in the coffee that's on the table in front of me, but it controls the machine that makes it. It ensures that I can buy the ticket for the next streetcar. Digitization consists of code, infinitely long series of command lines that become algorithms, artificial intelligence that controls robots, access controls and decisions. So how can we make digitization tangible? Answers have been gathered by Katharina Weikl of the University of Zurich and Damian Fopp of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. The result is called 'Planet Digital'.

04. April 2022, ZS

Various technological creations adorn the landscape of "Planet Digital"; information texts are available for all of them via QR code. Some pieces captivate the eye with their beauty: there is a robot that draws ballet notation on a blackboard with chalk. Next to it, there are water creatures that float in the air and flutter shyly when I approach them - controlled by motion sensors. And lava lamps glow in front of a black wall, the shape of which triggers an encryption process. Other technologies shine through their usefulness: for example, camera traps that use machine learning to shoot images of rare animals. A 3D printer that replicates skulls is also impressive - criminologists can use it to test the impact of crime weapons. Useless, but of symbolic value, is the handshake of two robotic hands standing in the atrium of the University of Zurich: They are controlled from the exhibition.

02. April 2022, NZZ
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Thomas Schlag researches the question of how new technologies are changing religions. There are no signs that society is secularizing, says the theologian in an interview with Dorothee Vögeli, but religious practice is individualizing and globalizing.

21. March 2022, SRF 10 vor 10
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Digitization is driving progress and permeating all areas of our lives. What it is doing to us and our planet is currently being shown in the "Planet Digital" exhibition at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich.

07. March 2022, RTS 19h30
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Découvrir ce qui se cache derrière la surface brillante de la digitalisation, voilà ce que propose le Musée du design de Zurich, en collaboration avec l'Université de Zurich. Une nouvelle exposition intitulée "Planet Digital", à mi-chemin entre la science et l'art, à voir jusqu'au 6 juin 2022.

03. March 2022, UZH News
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You always wanted to know how the internet actually works? Witness how gold travels from a mine in the Congo all the way to your smartphone? Or observe animals from all around the world in a video pavilion? The exhibition "Planet Digital" by University of Zurich and Museum für Gestaltung Zürich makes it possible.

02. March 2022, Wyss Zurich
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Our outreach project PATHOS is participating in the current exhibition Planet Digital at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich. The exhibition is about the state of digitization and puts our digital present and future under the microscope. Organized by the University of Zurich and the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in collaboration with the Zurich University of the Arts and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, featuring their most creative minds.

01. March 2022, 3sat Kulturzeit
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From gigantic server landscapes to social questions: in the exhibition "Planet Digital", innovative researchers meet art and design creatives. Together, they turn the science around digitization into an experience.

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In the Museum für Gestaltung, the exhibition "Planet Digital" is on show until June. With plenty of opportunity for interaction, fascinating object history and comprehensible knowledge transfer in complex topics, the exhibition shows a refreshing approach to the debate on digital transformation.

23. February 2022, Weltwoche

Around 25 exhibits make the invisible world of algorithms, into which we are entangled like into transparent packing cotton, a bit more tangible. Rather than deliver a warning, curators Katharina Weikl, Graduate Campus of the Unviersity of Zurich, and Damian Fopp, Museum für Gestaltung, aimed to provide food for thought.

21. February 2022,NZZ
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University of Zurich and Museum für Gestaltung present the world as a web of data - and show where the gold for our smartphones come from.

10. February 2022, NZZ
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The world is digital. It is digitized to a point where we forget how much life on our planet has changed due to new technologies. The exhibition "Planet Digital", result of a a cooperation of University of Zurich and Museum für Gestaltung, can change that.

07. February 2022, Zett

The exhibition "Planet Digital" in the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich invites you to a expedition into the universe of digitalization. The museum and the University of Zurich came together to present projects at the borderline between research and design. The expedition includes an "out-of-body experience" and guides you through a community garden all the way to the Congo.

Exhibition imprint

We'd like to thank Georg und Bertha Schwyzer-Winiker-Stiftung for making possible the digital publication, Impact Acoustic for the production of the Triggered by Motion pavilion, and Mathmos: Inventors of the Lava Lamp for the donation of 100 lava lamps for Cryptology.

Exhibition team

Curation and project management: Dr. Katharina Weikl, UZH Graduate Campus, and Damian Fopp, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

Curatorial assistance: Manuel Kaufmann, Florian Ronc, UZH Graduate Campus, Maya Ellerkmann, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

Exhibition coordination: Sonja Gutknecht, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich


Universität Zürich UZH
Deutsches Seminar: Dr. Karina Frick, Dr. Hiloko Kato
Forschungsgruppe Informatik und Nachhaltigkeit: Prof. Dr. Lorenz Hilty
Geographisches Institut, Political Geography: Dr. Timothy Raeymaekers, Gabriel Kamundala
Geographisches Institut, National Point of Contact for Satellite Images: Dr. Claudia Röösli, Dr. Valentina Tamburello, Isabelle Helfenstein
Graduate Campus: Dr. Katharina Weikl, Leila Girschweiler, Anne-Christine Schindler, Manuel Kaufmann, Laurens Bohlen, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller-Böker
Historisches Seminar: Prof. Dr. Monika Dommann, Dr. Lena Kaufmann, Lukas Nyffenegger
Institut für Computerlinguistik & Linguistic Research Infrastructure: Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo, Andrew Clark, Dr. Claudia Roswandowitz, Dr. Thayabaran Kathiresan
Institut für Evolutionsbiologie und Umweltwissenschaften: Dr. Alice Brambilla, Dr. Gabriele Cozzi, Dilşad Dağtekin, Prof. Dr. Marta Manser, Prof. Dr. Arpat Özgül, Dr. Brigitte Spillmann
Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung, Abteilung Medienwandel & Innovation: Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer
Institut für Mathematik: Prof. Dr. Joachim Rosenthal
Institut für Politikwissenschaft: Prof. Dr. Karsten Donnay, Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Gilardi / Osama Abdullah, Florian Eblenkamp, Marc Eggenberger, Stephanie Fierz, Dr. Ana Kotarcic, Maël Kubli, Felicia Mändli, Fabio Melliger, Mattia Mettler, Paula Moser, Alexandra Nagel, Jonathan Progin, Jennifer Roberts
Institut für Rechtsmedizin: Dr. Stephan Bolliger, Daniel Huber, Prof. Dr. Michael Thali
Psychologisches Institut: Prof. Dr. Bigna Lenggenhager, Dr. Marte Roel Lesur; Ivan Sterzinger
Theologische Fakultät: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schlag, Dr. Sabrina Müller
Zentrale Informatik: Daniel Sutter
Zoologisches Museum: Dr. Dennis Hansen

Universitätsklinik Balgrist: Dr. Luana Nyirö, Prof. Dr. Reto Sutter
Universitätsspital Zürich: PD Dr. Konrad Weber

3D-Zentrum Zürich: Prof. Dr. Lars Ebert, Dr. Till Sieberth / Erika Dobler, Dominik Hänni, Daniela Leuenberger, Seraina Meier, Thomas Stutz

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Departement Darstellende Künste & Film: Stefan Jäger / Filippo Bonacci, Sabine Boss, Daniel Eaton, Lena Imboden, Fabian Jaggi, Lauro Jenni, Lisa Jödicke, Zoé Kugler, Julian Meier, Sandra Moser, Gaëtan Nicolas, Riccarda Schwarz, Levin Vieth, Lena Wenig
Departement Musik: Stefan Nobir
Game Design: Maike Thies
Immersive Arts Space: Prof. Christian Iseli / Florian Bruggisser, Mariana Vieira Gruenig, Kristina Jungic, Chris Elvis Leisi, Alliance Riziki Murhula, Patrycja Pakiela, Alan Sahin
Institute for Contemporary Art Research: Prof. Hannes Rickli
Interaction Design: Dr. Björn Franke, Nadine Cocina, Paulina Zybinska; Luke Franzke, Rebecca Morganti-Pfaffhauser / Lukman Aščić, Lea Bischoff, Giovanna Yanireth León Briceno, Mo Bünzli, Sonja Cowley, Benjamin Eggstein, Lyvia Muniz Gomes Wägli, Carina Good, Loïc Hommel, Nanthatchaporn Janthasom, Tanja Landolt, Audrey-Meret Lohmann, Matthias Naegeli, Luis Praxmarer, Elena Walther, Lars Ziegler
Neue Medien: Gregor Huber
Visual Communication: Jonas Voegeli

Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften ZHAW
School of Engineering: Prof. Dr. Christoph Heitz, Corinna Hertweck
Life Sciences und Facility Management: Dr. Stefan Suter

AlgorithmWatch Schweiz: Dr. Anna Mätzener, Tobias Urech

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich: Christian Brändle, Roman Aebersold / Maya Ellerkmann, Damian Fopp, Dr. Bettina Richter, Umberto Romito, Ivan Šuta

ETH Zürich
Public Policy Group: Prof. Dr. Dominik Hangartner / Maxime Bataillard, Dr. Laura Bronner, Florian Curvaia, Laurenz Derksen, Dr. Gloria Gennaro, Dr. Philip Grech, Rachel Kunstmann, Selina Kurer
Autonomous Systems Lab, Robotics Aesthetics & Usability Center:
Aparna Rao, Søren Pors / Léa Pereyre / Stefan Bertschi, Luciana Borsatti, Cornelia Della Casa, Ramesh Gopalakrishnan, Silvan Januth, Thomas Mantel, Sergio Miracco, Einar Nielsen, Jagannath Raju, Philipp Reist, Michael Riner, Ilia Sergashev, Roland Siegwart, Alexander Theler

EPFL + ECAL Lab, Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne: Lara Défayes, Nicolas Henchoz / André Andrade, Valentine Bernasconi, Cédric Duchêne, Céline Dupuis, Béatrice Durandard, Bastien Favre, Renée Favre, Yves Kalberer, Frédéric Kaplan, Géraldine Morand, Delphine Ribes, Alessandra Rovero Michel, Mathieu Salzmann, Andréa Schneider, Andreas Sonderegger, Lazar Stojkovic, Sofia Viola, Syed Talal Wasim

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Institut für Evangelische Theologie und Religionspädagogik: Prof. Dr. Ilona Nord und Team
Institut für Mensch-Computer-Medien: Prof. Dr. Jörn Hurtienne und Team

IIT Madras: Prof. Dr. Susy Varughese, Vivek Puliyeri
KAIST, Center for Anthropocene Studies: Prof. Dr. Choi Myung-Ae
São Paulo State University: Prof. Dr. Rita de Cassia Bianchi, Rômulo Theodoro Costa
Universidade Veiga de Almeida: Dr. Natalie Olifiers, Prof. Dr. Cecília Bueno, Beatriz Elvas
Universität Freiburg, Departement für Biologie: Prof. Dr. Daniel Wegmann
Universität Kastamonu: Dr. Anil Soyumert, Dr. Alper Ertürk
Universität Lund, Institut für Humangeographie: Dr. Muriel Côte
Université de Montréal, Medizinische Fakultät: Dr. Philippe Bertrand, Prof. Dr. Guillaume Dumas

alliance F: Sophie Achermann, Kathrin Bertschy / Morgane Bonvallat, Sasha Rosenstein
Forschungsstelle Sotomo: Nick Bachmann, Cyril Bosshard, Dr. Bruno Wüest
Botswana Predator Conservation: Megan Claase, Dr. Peter Apps
Europäische Weltraumorganisation: Dr. Robert Meisner
Kalahari Research Centre: Zoe Turner
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: Dominic Maringa, Timothy Kaaria, Eunice Kamau
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony: Philippa Agnew
Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso: Alberto Peracino
Schweizerischer Nationalpark: Hans Lozza, Dr. Sonja Wipf
SFBBO Coyote Creek Field Station: Dr. Dan Wenny, Dr. Yiwei Wang
Shanghai Natural History Museum (Shanghai Science & Technology Museum): Dr. Li Bicheng
Snapshot Wisconsin / USFWS Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program: Blayne Zeise, Dr. Jennifer Stenglein
StadtWildTiere Zürich: Dr. Madeleine Geiger
Urban Wildlife Research Project: Bill Leikam
WLS.CH: Dr. Stefan Suter
Zoo Zürich: Dr. Martin Bauert

AATB: Andrea Anner, Thibault Brevet
Dinamo: Fabian Harb, Renan Rosatti
Hubertus Design: Valentin Kaiser, Kerstin Landis, Nathan Meyer, Jonas Vögeli
Impact Acoustic: Dino Rossi, Dimitri Zehnder
Kochstudio Zürich: Andalus
NowHere Media: Felix Gaedtke, Gayatri Parameswaran / Defne Işıklı, Hans Peter Kadel, Mia von Kolpakow, Billy Mello
Okomotive: Marco Bach, Tunay Bora, Florin Gasser, Denise Hohl, Johannes Köberle, Eileen Rüegg, Joel Schoch, Linn Spitz
Pors & Rao Studio: Aparna Rao, Søren Pors

Andrea Helbling (Arazebra)
Dr. Felix Fontein
Elisabeth Eberle
Jürg Lehni
Claire Pondard

Rula Badeen, Reto Baumgartner, Sharon Berger, Aurelio D’Amato, Nico Drechsel, Michael Fuchs, Cécile Gschwind, Rolf Hofer, Rebecca Hoffmann, André Hügli, Angela Hunkeler, Marina Klauser, Lars Köppl, Christoph Lanz, Valentin Mueri, Thomas Ottiker, Foscky Pueta, Gregor Schaller, Christian Schmied, Désirée Sebele; Urs Lehni, Arno Schlipf, Bruno Thurnherr; Kim Gitae, Conny Hürzeler, Jeff Labovitz, Susan Pace, Mihailo Stojanovic; Jan-David Bolt, Sebastian Lendemann, Vanessa Mazanik, Lars Mulle, Vanja Tognola, Hadrami Yurdagün; Judith Scheiber

Mit Unterstützung von / with support by:
Christoph Merian Stiftung Basel, Collegium Helveticum, Présence Suisse, Soler Recycling AG, swissnex, Wyss Zurich, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Faulhaber Minimotor, Maxon Motor

Exhibition design, technology and communications

Graphic design: Herendi Artemisio, Zürich: Tiziana Artemisio, Milana Herendi
Scenography: Damian Fopp, Maya Ellerkmann
Photography collections: Umberto Romito, Ivan Šuta
Conservation-Restoration: Richard Adler / Franziska Beeli, Nina Schwab

Construction: Jürg Abegg/Jaemie Elsasser, Marina Giraldo, Nils Howald, Ivan Lappert, André Löcker, Renata Lopo, Florin Meier, Mohsen Rahimi, Carlos Rodrigues de Faria, Domenico Scrugli, Beno Stauffer
IT technology: Christian Wildhaber / Michael Koch, ZHdK Informationstechnologie-Zentrum
AV Technology: Michael Honegger/Hans-Jürg Hofmann, Johannes Knoth, Marek Lampert, ZHdK Produktionszentrum
Light: Matí AG, Adliswil, Mica Ostermeier, Christa Wenger
Safety: Goran Simic/Alvaro Alvarez, ZHdK Facility Management

Communication Museum für Gestaltung: Sarah Bleuler, Debbie Zedi / Serge Germann, Franka Hüttche, Leona Veronesi
Communication Universität Zürich: Melanie Nyfeler, Theo von Däniken, Priska Feichter
Communication UZH Graduate Campus: Jeannette Bours, Birte Lembke-Ibold, Manuel Kaufmann, Anne-Christine Katharina Schindler
Print media: Data-Orbit, Studio für Visuelle Kommunikation, St.Gallen

Publications, education and documentation

Publishing: Petra Schmid / Simone Hellmüller
D: Uli Nickel, Münster (DE)
E: Jennifer Taylor, Düsseldorf (DE), Helen Ferguson, Berlin (DE)
F: Valentine Meunier, Berlin (DE), Debora Beuret, Zürich (CH)
D: Markus Zehentbauer, München (DE)
E: Holland Drury, Zürich (CH)
F: Debora Beuret, Zürich (CH)
Trailer: Marc Schwarz, Marcel Schwarz
Head of co-operation: Roman Aebersold
Executive office Circle of Friends: Nadine Francesca Forster

Curator education: Nicola von Albrecht
Staff member education: Sophie Anderhub
Coordination education: Nadja Baur
Exhibition talks & Events: Damian Fopp, Dr. Katharina Weikl / AlgorithmWatch Schweiz, Current: a Space, Amsterdam, Club Real, Berlin, Laurens Bohlen, Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Gilardi, Thomas Hörl, Dr. Maximilian Jablonowski, Dr. Hiloko Kato, Manuel Kaufmann, Peter Kozek, Prof. Dr. Christine Lötscher, Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, Maike Thies, Prof. Dr. Ingrid Tomkowiak, Transit Productions, Prof. Dr. Daniel Wegmann, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft (ZHAW)
Führungen / Guided tours / Visites guidées: Melisa Arslan, Maya Ellerkmann, Damian Fopp, Franka Hüttche, Anastasia Ioannidis, Manuel Kaufmann, Yasmin Mattich, Leila Remstedt-Drews, Nicola von Albrecht, Dr. Katharina Weikl, Tom Zackl

Workshops: Nicola von Albrecht / Sophie Anderhub, Nadine Cocina, Fabian Harb, Léa Pereyre, Renan Rosatti, Ramona Sprenger, Robotics Aesthetics & Usability Center (RAUC), ETHZ
Visitor service: Manuela Moor / Emmanuel Berti, Daniele Bünzli, Sanja Delizaimovic, Noah Dopslaff, Dominic Eckinger, Pius Fäh, Jordis Fellmann, Martin Heynen, Adrian Hohler, Frederic Huber, Liliane Krauss, Ricardo Meli, Alex Nagel, Anton Nordborg, David Oesch, Jean-Jacques Pedretti, Cecily Walti, Andreas Weber, Eleonora Wicki
Head of Events & Catering: Simone Wildhaber
Café: Simone Wildhaber / Claudia -Arboleda, Yulieth Garcia, Minh Chau Luu-Giang, Sasima Sahin, Kamila Taccone
Shop: Vanessa Marangoni / Chandra Brandenberger, Elisabeth Erler, Adrian Hohler, Roman Mäder, Gianluca Martino, Stephanie Müller, Noah Punkt, Anja Roth, Sarah Köstler, Wanda Wieser

Film documentation: schwarzpictures.com, Zürich, Marc Schwarz, Marcel Schwarz
Documentation: Rolf Wolfensberger / Alice Bourrely, Julia Flieg, Tashi Sotrug, ZHdK Medien- und Informationszentrum MIZ – Archiv
Photography: Regula Bearth, ZHdK Hochschulkommunikation

Thanks to

We thank our lenders:
AATB, Archäologische Sammlung der Universität Zürich, Andrea Helbling, Arazebra, Zürich, Collegium Helveticum (ETHZ, UZH, ZHdK), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Elisabeth Eberle, European Space Agency (ESA), Evangelische Kirche in Hessen und Nassau, Fondation Mémoires Informatiques, Bercher, Jürg Lehni, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Designsammlung, Museum für Kommunikation Bern, Solenthaler Recycling AG, Universität Zürich, Zentrale Informatik

Special thanks for inspiration and suggestions:
Dr. Gleb Albert, Dr. Marcus Clauss, Prof. Dr. Hans Ulbrich Gumbrecht, Bigna Guyer, Prof. Dr. Jean-Michel Hatt, Sabine Himmelsbach, Dr. Claudine Leysinger, Dr. Christian Ritter, Dr. Antonio Scarponi, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark, Prof. Dr. Fred Turner

DIZH Innovation Call

Dr. Katharina Weikl, UZH Graduate Campus
Christian Brändle, Direktor Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Prof. Dr. Christoph Heitz, ZHAW School of Engineering, Forschungsschwerpunkt Business Engineering and Operations Management
Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo, UZH Institut für Computerlinguistik
Dr. Björn Franke, ZHdK Departement Design
AlgorithmWatch, Schweiz

Planet Digital ist ein Innovationsprojekt der DIZH. Die DIZH fördert im Innovationsprogramm Projekte, die Innovationen hervorbringen und dabei die Möglichkeiten der digitalen Transformation wahrnehmen oder erweitern.

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich:
Christian Brändle, Direktor
Universität Zürich:
Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman, Rektor

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