December 2008

Supported by Jerome Foundation

Tumbarumba is a frolic of intrusions — a conceptual artwork in the form of a Firefox extension. Tumbarumba hides stories — twelve new stories by outstanding authors — where you least expect to find them, turning your everyday web browsing into a strange journey.



Install Firefox Plugin.


Tumbarumba quietly sits in the background, occasionally inserts a fragment of a story into a webpage that is being viewed. The result is an absurd sentence that is reminiscent of the surrealist exquisite corpse game. If the inserted fragment (we call the fragments “tumbarumbas”) is spotted and clicked upon, the entire story will emerge and eventually take over the page.

It’s easy to turn off Tumbarumba’s effect at anytime.

Our intention is for the reader to not only have the pleasure of finding and reading the stories, but also the momentary disorientation of stumbling upon a nonsensical sentence as well as a heightened awareness of textual absurdities (of which only a fraction will be the result of Tumbarumba).

The project is the second collaboration between Ethan Ham and Benjamin Rosenbaum. Their first collaboration was Anthroptic.


“Temp” by Greg van Eekhout
Reunion by Stephen Gaskell
Birthday by John Phillip Olsen
Bio-Anger by Kiini Ibura Salaam
Sequins by Mary Anne Mohanraj
Little M@tch Girl by Heather Shaw
Martian Dispatches by David Moles
MonstroCities by David J. Schwartz
A Steadfast Tin Soldier by Tim Pratt
Of Love and Mermaids by Jeff Spock
Painting the Air by James Patrick Kelly
Listen to Me by Haddayr Copley-Woods