Tambar (Tambar Arts Ltd.) is owned and managed by Robert Silman. He was educated at St Paul’s School in London and then attended university in Paris where he obtained a degree in Philosophy (Licence ès Lettres) at the Sorbonne as a student of Jean-Francois Lyotard and Jacques Derrida. He returned to London and obtained a First Class Honours degree in Biochemistry (BSc) as a student of Prof. Lewis Wolpert and went on to qualify as a Doctor of Medicine (MB BS) at the Middlesex Hospital. He practiced as a hospital doctor for a year followed by full time medical research in the laboratory of Profs. John Landon and Tim Chard at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and obtained a Ph.D. for his research.
During the period when he was Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, he used role play where RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) students would come to the medical school to play the role of “patient” in highly charged scenarios to help medical students explore their role as “the doctor the patient needs”. On retirement from the medical school, he became a theatre producer. As well as producing in the West End of London (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Off-West End (Bush Theatre), the Edinburgh Festival, and at the principal regional theatres of England Wales and Ireland, he has also produced in the USA at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and at the Beckett Theatre in New York. His experience with theatre led him to propose a novel method of investment to improve the quality of productions and minimize risks. He presented the overall concept at a seminar Introducing Wall Street to Broadway at Columbia University New York, in September 2004 (hosted jointly by the Faculty of Arts and the Business School).
Recently he has addressed the problem of how to filter for quality on the web, in particular how to promote artists of talent amidst the immensity of the web. He argued that the great scientific journals have a similar problem about filtering for quality when inundated with quantity. They solve their problem by using the scientists they publish as the filter for reviewing the scientists who want to be published. He decided that this sort of peer review process could be adapted even more successfully to the web, and has been involved in the creation of Wonderland, a website which filters the web for quality and culture, thereby offering to online filmmakers of talent a portal for promotion, and to the public a portal for discovering online filmmakers of talent. Wonderland is the first ever meritocracy on the web and is a member of the IFTC (International Council for Film Television and Audio Visual Communication) at UNESCO.
For 20 years he has presided, with Jean-Claude Carrière, the Rencontres Internationales de l’Audiovisuel Scientifique, an annual month long festival in Paris, organized by Jean-Michel Arnold and Annick Demeule, honoring media contributions to the arts and sciences.