An accompanying programme of the exhibition Courses of Action
Screening and conversation on Busy Hands with Michelle Lee Ho Wing (Archive of the People)
About Archive of the People
Archive of the People (AOP) was an ongoing individual research and art project that addresses the governance on records and affiliated politics, and now evolves to an artist collective in 2016.
While social disruption arouses calls for democratising archive, under the risk of decaying in records and shadow of absolute political regime, Archive of the People puts the established value, dominated historical and political narrative into question; at first, AOP engages Archive on epistemological level – the nature of records in social domain and how “past” and “memory” are constituted with various archival materials; on the other hand, “People” suggests an anonymous or semi-anonymous crowd, who are essential contributors of history, social value and knowledge but somehow being overlooked. The collective takes on a broader perspective on archival practice, to conceive a framework that facilitates social discourse, through socio-political research and creative means to challenge the homogeneity in multiple aspects.
About Michelle Lee Ho Wing
Michelle Lee Ho Wing obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Having an affiliation with Archive of the People and Floating Projects, she conceives a framework through social research and creative practices with a variety of media. As an educator, she seeks to inspire learners by encouraging autonomy, serendipity and intuition in art learning. She currently works as a content contributor and researcher for learning and interpretation in M+ Museum.
Michelle’s work is characterized by her interest in triangular relationship between author, reader and text. Her current research is related to the linkage among archive, library and the circulation of the looted library books.