Royce Ng is an artist and researcher currently pursuing a PhD in the Augmented Materiality lab at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His current research looks at the capacity for immersive virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to simulate the perceptual phenomenology of altered states of consciousness. The research focuses on hallucination and visualization in psychedelic and meditative states of consciousness in the neuroscience and how speculative artistic works using VR and AR might offer improved techniques for ‘experience sampling’ the visual phenomenology of these transformative psychological states. His art based research will involve developing brain computer interfaces using EEG brain wave monitoring and VR and AR technology which will offer the possibility for the real-time intersubjective experience of altered states of consciousness.
He has been a visiting and guest lecturer at the Dutch Art Academy (DAI) in the the Netherlands, the Bauhaus School of Art in Weimar and the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne, Germany and the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland as well as the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he developed and taught the course ‘Post-Digital Animation: History, Theory and Production’. He has presented at conferences and workshops at the Zurich University of the Arts, Rietsberg Museum, the Performa Biennale in NYC, Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Museum fur Kunst und Gerwerbe, Hamburg and the Guggenheim Museum and the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford University.
From 2013-2016 he was artist-in-residence at the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich with the anthropologist Daisy Bisenieks where they produced the exhibitions on the economic relationship between Africa and Asia ‘A Season in Shell’ (2014) and ‘Mutual Aid’ (2016). In 2015, working with Bisenieks in the collective Zheng Mahler, they were selected to represent Australia at the Pavilion Without Borders for PERFORMA biennale in New York City. In 2017, his performance ‘Ghost of Showa’ had its world premiere at the Theatre der Welt festival in Hamburg, Germany and its Asian premiere at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of South Korea (MMCA) in late 2017. He is currently engaged in a trilogy of performances entitled ‘The Opium Museum’ which look at the role of opium and the development of the modern Asian state, the second part of which ‘Queen Zomia’ debuted in Hong Kong in 2018, with the material forming the basis of an intervention in the opium collection at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford University. Two new large scale Zheng Mahler commissions were featured in the 2019 exhibition ‘Phantom Plane: Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future’ at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong. In 2021, Zheng Mahler presented a retrospective of three works at the Shanghai Bienalle XII and the first monograph of Zheng Mahler’s work will be published in 2022.