Premiered as a live performance at The Poetry Project in 2010, Am I From Brooklyn? betrays Lampert's interest in the spectacle of sentiment, especially at the mercy of consumer technology. Using the now obsolete but once popular home-movie format super-8 film, Lampert runs through a sequence of scenes from a life imagined had he grown up in three different ethnic neighborhoods in Brooklyn (as opposed to his hometown St. Louis). With the dry wit of a disaffected comic, Lampert narrates the faux significance of his boyhood bank, school, or favorite deli, all the while distancing the audience from the real facts of his upbringing.
Poetry Project, New York City. April 23, 2010.