CHI CHI CHENG 鄭資姿
TEDx Speaker 
Advocate for Brain Health, Youth Mental Health and Resilience 
Neuroscience Rep at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London
Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize 2020 Goethe Award Finalist  
Yoga Alliance 400 (Trained with Dr. Yogananth Andiappan, Tamil Nadu, India)

I am a social activist artist from Hong Kong with a background in neuroscience. In our times of social cognition arising from hyper-capitalism, health inequality and divided nations, my goal is to bring neuroscience research to the general public with innovative approaches and impactful stories - for a world with better brain health, mental resilience, and no psychiatric medicine.
My art questions "Are we mad, or our world is?". I invite you to question, however, what does it mean to be mad, and what can we do about it - both within us and in the world we exist in.
My current research interests are: 
1. Neuroscience and Ideologies: how neurobiology can help us navigate the space between hospitality and hostility
2. The landscape of resilience in times of social cognition - a biopsychosocial approach
3. The effect of yoga, meditation and fasting on mental resilience and brain health in young adults with psychosis
4. Mindfulness as a potential tool to reduce psychiatric medication intake
5. The role of autophagy in reducing inflammation and increasing brain cells production, neuroplasticity, mitochondrial biogenesis and human growth hormone in patients with neurological diseases
6. The therapeutic potential of ketogenic diet on myeline repair in treating dementia


Taking on an "anthropological” approach with a focus on understanding human conditions both culturally and biologically, I question what it means to be a conscious evolutionary human that challenges the world's status quo, going beyond the surface of tradition and hierarchical structures to investigate the inner workings of the mind and the many underlying issues of humanity. I believe that the answer to humanity lies in the delicate interplay between our external environment (physical, sociocultural, political, economic etc.) and our neurobiology, and the resulting effects on our behaviour, emotions and the way we perceive the world. 
Born a nomad working and travelling across the globe, my art reflects a culmination of years of internal negotiations on human conditions, identity, hospitality & hostility. I hope to invite viewers of my art to confront moments of curiosity and uncertainties through poetic symbolism. 
I grew up in the British colonial days of Hong Kong before its return to China in 1997. I spent my early childhood with my Chinese grandparents in China in the 80’s and witnessed the impact of China’s rapid transition. Life requires me to constantly shift in, out and between the countless layers of social and cultural complexities in my homeland.
I am currently pursuing my Master of Science in Applied Neuroscience at King's College London. I studied at Hong Kong Baptist University and Zurich University of the Arts for my Master of Arts in Visual Arts. 
I woke up in Tibet. Today I am agnostic, tomorrow I don't know.
EDUCATION:
Master of Science in Applied Neuroscience, King's College London, 2021 - present
Master of Arts in Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2016 - 2018
Transcultural Collaboration (Graduate exchange program), Zurich University of the Arts, 2016

TEDx TALK:
How I Question My Identity With a Fortune Cookie, speaker, TEDX TinHauWomen, Hong Kong, 2019.
INTERVIEWS & FEATURES:
Sharing on Food, Art and NeuroscienceHKBU People Discovery2021
Perspective on Art and NeuroscienceInstitute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience2021
AWARDS & COMPETITIONS:
Human Rights Arts Prize 2020 - Goethe Award Finalist, organised by Justice Centre, The European Union Office to Hong Kong & Macau and Goethe Institue Hong Kong, 2020
RTHK《凝視香港》短片創作比賽 RTHK 30 Seconds for Hong Kong Video Competition, 2019 

RESEARCH & PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE:
Socially Engaged Art Researcher & Producer for Hacking Capitalism – Socially Engaged Art Through Alternative Art Economies and Entrepreneurship by Kingsley Ng. A final participatory performance Beyond Words took place at Freespace in West Kowloon Cultural District. More details: https://creativesocialhk.net/prototypes/  

COMMISSIONED WORK:
Early Bird Catches the Worm, K11 Atelier, Hong Kong, 2018. Commissioned by South China Morning Post

PERFORMANCES 表演藝術:
Belonging Fortune Cookies, Artist & Performer, Freespace at West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, 2019
An Edible Performance, Performer, Visual Artist & Illustrator, Tai Kwun Centre of Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong, 2019
About Khon & I, Performer, Tai Kwun Centre of Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong, 2019
Mirror Factory: Numbness, Choreographer & Performer, Connecting Spaces, Hong Kong, 2017

PERFORMANCE ART 行為藝術:
Kaliasana, Autumnal Equinox, 2020 
Nothing 無, The Originals Freedom Performance Art Project 正常小孩飛櫈行為藝術展, Sense 99, Hong Kong, 2020-2021

PARTICIPATORY/ SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART PROJECTS:
Belonging Fortune Cookies, Hong Kong Baptist University & Freespace at West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, 2019 
One Ingredient, One Story, 2018, a dining experience with the theme personal stories sharing
MissFortune's Kitchen, 2018 - present, an art & dining experience exploring the theme of Fortune through personal stories sharing

EXHIBITIONS:
Early Bird Catches the Worm, K11 Atelier, Hong Kong, 2018. (Commissioned by South China Morning Post)
I Art, Therefore I Am, Koo Ming Kown Gallery, Hong Kong, 2018.
RE:SPIRE - Master of Arts in Visual Art Graduation Show, Academy of Visual Art, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2018.
MissFortune's Kitchen, C&G Apartment, Hong Kong, 2018.
Women In Focus, Awethentic Gallery, Hong Kong, 2017
FilmAid Charity Auction, FilmAid, Hong Kong, 2017
Master of Visual Art Show, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2017
The Garden of Silence, Koo Ming Kown Gallery, Hong Kong, 2016-2017
Exquisite Corpse, Connecting Spaces, Hong Kong, 2016
DOGG GGOD, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, 2016

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS/ GUEST CONTRIBUTIONS:
Presenter, Home-Felt Fortune Cookies, Cultural Literacy Program at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, 2020
Guest Speaker, Starting From Research: Automated Landscape, Tai Kwun Centre of Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong, 2019