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Björk and Jesse Kanda’s creative partnership explored in WeTransfer’s documentary series, Work in Progress

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WeTransfer has launched a new four-part documentary series examining the process of creative collaboration. Titled Work In Progress, the first episode explores the fascinating creative partnership between Björk and Jesse Kanda, showing “how and why the duo are drawn to each other’s way of working,” offering “an intimate insight into their collaboration,” says WeTransfer. The short, filmed both in London and Iceland, is Jesse’s first ever video interview and also shares Björk discussing her “own personal journey creatively and the influence of nature on her artistic practice,” offering a rare insight to the minds of both creatives. The film is available to watch here.

The series will be released via WeTransfer’s editorial platform WePresent, sharing “the type of collaboration central to WeTransfer’s role as a conduit for creatives to share and workshop their projects with one another.”

“Our mission is to enable the effortless transfer of ideas,” says WeTransfer’s global head of music Jamal Dauda. “With 75% of our users being creatives, we are constantly striving to empower creative minds to find inspiration and create, share and present new work. With this series we wanted to look at how collaboration really works. We want to go beyond the standard ‘behind-the-scenes’, and tap into what creativity looks, sounds, and feels like.” Rather than attempting to explain the creative process to its audience, Jamal says the team believes “that by showing how creative minds see the worlds around them, and understand each other, we’ll window onto some of the magic and the mystery".

As a series, Work In Progress will continue to “explore how iconic collaborations are inspired by, and how they influence political, geographical, and culture factors in today’s world.” Commissioned by WeTransfer and created by Pi Studios, an Amsterdam-based entertainment company, the Work In Progress series will share both “high-profile collaborations between generation-defining artists such as Björk, to grassroots ideas exchange shaping the world around us. [It] gives a snapshot of how the creative process works in 2018, and beyond. Future episodes will explore activism, cross-cultural exchange, the internet and travel.”

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Work In Progress: Episode one, Björk and Jesse Kanda

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Work In Progress: Episode one, Björk and Jesse Kanda

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Work In Progress: Episode one, Björk and Jesse Kanda

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Work In Progress: Episode one, Björk and Jesse Kanda

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Work In Progress: Episode one, Björk and Jesse Kanda