Berlin-based product designer and artist, Steffi Silbermann, is currently the Goethe-Institut’s Artist-in Residence at 1 Shanti Road. For the Indo-German Urban Mela Bangalore, she will display different kinds of larger-than-life bamboo sculptures for visitors to explore. Each object invites participation - climb it, swing, nap on it, paint on it, write on it, or simply stare.
Steffi’s goal is to encapsulate the beauty and sustainability of the humble bamboo in aesthetic sculptures that will serve not only as works of art, but will allow visitors a hands-on, direct interaction with the natural material - bringing people closer to bamboo in an unpretentious manner and offering the chance to empathise with the material.
Bamboo is known worldwide as an impressive material harder than wood and in parts better than steel, but in India it still faces scepticism. For many years now, the Indian architects, designers and scientists have been attempting to create awareness for the bamboo. Steffi’s art could also be viewed as a response to the eyesores that currently, with much horsing around, decorate public space in Bangalore. This project is collaboration between Steffi Silbermann, the Bangalore-based Manasaram Architects and IPIRTI Bangalore, who supported Steffi’s construction efforts with their long experience in building with bamboo.
Information on the artist:
Steffi Silbermann grew up in the beautiful region of Black Forest in southwest Germany, where she found an early and deep connection to nature. Until 2009 she studied Product Design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Thereafter, she became a member of the research team “Madera Wood Reasearch” in the wood science and technology department of the University of Sustainable Development Eberswalde. Throughout her studies and professional career, Steffi was interested in natural materials, their sensual appearance, their functionality, their social impact, as well as their role in a stable environment. Apart from her work around Berlin, she was invited to Iceland, Cuba and Bangladesh to work on art and design projects within regional networks. Currently, she is the Goethe-Institut’s Artist-in-Residence at 1 Shanti Road.One can visit the Madera Wood research team at the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) pavilion at the Indo-German Urban Mela Bangalore.