Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum: 6. The Ceremony

Thursday 22 – Friday 23 March 2018, 12-6pm


The Ceremony is the last 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 6: The Ceremony
What will the Emperor and their entourage wear? What will they chant? How will they perform the burial ritual? For this last session, we are joined again by
Maki Suzuki, who will help us seal the mausoleum project and prepare for the final event and public presentation of what the group has collectively made.

In between sessions and in preparation for The Presentation, the group will meet at different intervals according to their inclination and availability, to progress the architecture and interior ambience of the mausoleum.

Read more about the overall project and future sessions here.