The ancient Egyptians are well-known for mummifying
humans, but scientists are discovering that they created mummies of the animal sort--cats, rams, crocodiles, birds, and many other creature--even more frequently.
But the objects' functionality has been annihilated, for they were covered with sheaths of black adhesive leather, revealing the objects' shapes but mummifying
them, as it were, while subjecting them to an act of negation.
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When they finally enter the tomb, the gang finds something even more mummifying
-- a cursed army of the undead
Other fanciful experiments include mummifying
a hot dog, making a rocket launcher, and building a 20-foot-high tower out of paper and tape.
Klamen creates a browned-out world with an attendant aura of instant nostalgia, mimicking the mummifying
practices of early art conservation, and everywhere evoking a sense of painting's possible function as an inventory of dead things.
Alan will be shown on Channel 4 later this month and will be the first embalming experiment to be broadcast on television.