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Björk & Jesse Kanda When I collaborate with someone I really want to go on a trip

Work In Progress looks at different types of creative collaboration. From creative soulmates to a pan-Asian collective and a musician grappling with her past, we explore how artists fuse different energies to create. See the whole series here.

Our first film features friends, collaborators and artistic soulmates Björk and Jesse Kanda. The pair worked on two of the Icelandic artist’s most amazing videos – 2016’s Mouth Mantra and last year’s Arisen My Senses. In the film we get a sense of how and why the duo are drawn to each other’s way of working.

But collaboration doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We also build a picture of their individual artistic sensibilities and see how Iceland’s staggering natural beauty, the Reykjavík music scene, blood and bone, death and decay feed into the ideas that underpin their work.

When I collaborate with someone I really want to go on a trip. The work that comes from that is a natural fruit from friendship.

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