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Connect Sessions Ep. 3 — The Nature of Collaboration

Ron Amstutz and Ian Williams explain what it means to come together in art

Not all creative partnerships are built the same — it’s what makes every collaborative venture unique, surprising, and, often, enterprising in theretofore unpredictable ways. That’s the case with the collaboration between photo/video artist Ron Amstutz and musician Ian Williams (of Battles) for the Microsoft Connect Sessions. Brought together by a mutual New York friend, they’ve come from diametrically opposite directions and practices to bond over a kinetic experience with few expectations, maximum creative hopes and plenty of good humor. Says Williams, “The healthy thing about a quick collaboration, like what I am doing with Ron, is that we’re not getting married; it’s just a date, we’re going to share a glass of wine together and not get too heavy.” For now.

Video directed by Braden King

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