Emperor Qing’s Mausoleum: 3. Elixirs of Life

Thursday 8 – Friday 9 February 2018, 12-6pm

 Elixirs of Life Eternal is the third in a series of 6 workshops, each lasting 2 days, as part of Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum.

This is a collective project and curriculum led by artist Marguerite Humeau on architecture, design, sculpture, and the quest for eternal life… The project takes as a starting point China’s first Emperor Qin (259-210 BC) and the finely crafted and engineered mausoleum he commissioned for himself. To this day it hasn’t been excavated and remains ridden with myths. Marguerite Humeau invites participants to collectively rebuild and bury a version of the mausoleum, using contemporary materials and local natural resources, and to keep the Emperor alive! She has gathered experts from the fields of architecture, botany and embalming to work with us over 6 workshops.

Session 3: Elixirs of Life Eternal
How do we create immortality? How do we make elixirs? We will work with botany expert
Lucia Stewart, who will take us on a foraging expedition along Margate’s shoreline. We will look for millenial coastal and sea plants associated symbolically and in more straightforward ways with eternal life. We will also transform plants to use them as building materials.

Read more about the overall project and future sessions here.