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Family Tree

Family Tree / Stamboom is a deceptively simple word-toy that overturns several of our familiar metaphors for the way we discuss time, genealogy, even the individual's relationship to the nation-state by rendering one's "roots" as swaying in space, subject to forces of destabilization and recombination, and anchored by a single point at its very top rather than the several points below. At times totally abstract, although the words "mother" and "father" are littered throughout, and at others pointillistically narrative, Family Tree quivers on the screen like an Andrew Calder mobile linked by vertical punctuation, and realizes Swiss Concrete poet Eugen Gomringer's concept of the word "constellation" in an elegant and relaxing fashion.

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