By narrating in a prose-like style, Michelle LEE Ho-wing provides another dimension to the notion of Library in her artistic research, “Made to be filled in”. LEE sees her practice as an allusion to the circulation of library books during the Imperial Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong. Whereas the books were consistently put into certain order, consequently those dynamic statuses created a temporality both textual and physical space. Her research is initially inspired by the looted books in warfare and she further extends her interest to the site of libraries. She excavates her personal imagination from the descriptive world in Chan Kwan Po Diaries, which was written by CHAN as the librarian of Fung Ping Shan Library, and then steps into the textual space to explore the notion of voids in different objects.
These voids are made to be filled in. The space left by the check-out books on the bookshelf, the unmentioned events in the archives, the inaccessible basement, those voids in the library exist in the form of ruptures, which allure inquisitive beings and trap them. Rather than
futile waiting, LEE reveals another path through reinterpretation of text, reaches the artificially manicured garden and engages herself in the architectural voids. LEE goes on a quest to look for entrance of the ruptures in the wandering journey.
那些被製造出來的空處，是命定被填補的。被取下的書在書架留下的空間、檔案中不被提及的往事 、無法進入的地庫 、圖書館內的中空等，以缺口的形式存在，當走進去或會被卡在某個位置。與其等待，就在文字當中另辟蹊徑，走過人工修剪的花園，以自身填補存在的空處，在往回復返的旅程中探尋缺口的入口。
謝謝他（寫）的書 ｜Thank Him for the Book
Single channel video | Colour |
According to the details from Chan Kwanpo’s Diaries and the archival document, I planned my journey to trace the locations where the books once stayed.
The order was reset, and occasionally deviated from the original route. The reason for the appearance of gardeners was revealed after discovering the hedge-like bookshelves.
印刷菲林片｜ Printing film
33cm x 4 m
不要走進去 | No Entry
紙膠帶、電風扇、即棄膠檯布｜Masking tapes, electric fan, disposable plastic table sheets
被編入的住處 | Container Living
Wooden crates, wooden pallet, metal, light bulb, film mounts, positive films, papers, and fan
Light, air and moving scenes are provided by constructing windows in the wooden crates for the books that temporary stayed. The order of being together was produced in wooden crates.
旅程的旁支| The Sidetracks from the Journey
Single channel video | Colour | 07:20
The sidetracks from the journey maintain the flow of unobstructed thought through detour. The obstacles result from blocking, while it brings the time lag that allows me to search the pathways slowly.
卡住的後記本子 | The Stuck Postscript Book
11.5 x 15.4 x 1.6 cm
硬皮本子（木箱內）Hard back book in wooden box
It is both clues and thoughts. The stuff that hid within the security pattern is never to be filled in. They are the hollows in the middle of the chains. Being stuck is necessary.