Since 1994, the Villa Iris Fine Arts Workshops have brought young artists from all over the world to Santander to train alongside consolidated figures from the world of art. Miroslaw Balka, Lothar Baumgarten, Tacita Dean, Carlos Garaicoa, Paul Graham, Mona Hatoum, Jannis Kounellis, Julie Mehretu, Antoni Muntadas, Gabriel Orozco, Juliâo Sarmentó and Juan Uslé are some of the Workshop leaders who have shared their experience and knowledge at Villa Iris.
Over the course of two weeks, 15 artists from all over the world come to Villa Iris to live alongside renowned international artists, sharing experiences and intense working days, as they develop their own personal project, which they can also share with members of the public at an Open Day.
A workshop led by contemporary artist Carsten Höller will take place from September 4th to September 13th, 2017 in Santander, at Villa Iris and the newly built Centro Botin. It is also in the latter space that Höller’s solo-exhibition ‘Y‘ takes place from June 24th to September 10th.
The idea of the game plays an important, recurring role in the oeuvre of Höller and it is around this theme that the workshop will be built. In 1998, Carsten Höller published a collection of games together with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, called Carsten Höller’s Spiele Buch. The book contains in total 135 games, each one more surreal than the next. All can be played without the use of any tools. Some games are played alone, others require one or more players. Some games are played with people without them realising their involvement in the game.