“The Wish To Be a Red Indian: If one were only an Indian, instantly alert, and on a racing horse, leaning against the wind, kept on quivering jerkily over the quivering ground, until one shed one’s spurs, for there needed no spurs, threw away the reins, for there needed no reins, and hardly saw that the land before one was smoothly shorn heath when horse’s neck and head would be already gone.”

Franz Kafka


I’m a researcher and media artist/designer interested in interactive systems, environments, and interfaces. I’m involved in designing and developing deformable interfaces, robotic haptic systems, digital musical instruments.

Currently, I’m a Ph.D. Student at the Virtual Reality Lab, Empowerment Informatics, University of Tsukuba (JP). My current research aims to investigate the haptic perception and social impact of shape-changing interfaces. Moreover, I’m trying to explore the collapse of the Virtual and Reality continuum, where virtual objects become physical, and physical objects become virtual.

My works have been exhibited and screened in venues such as Ars Electronica Festival, Sonàr+D, Piksel Festival, All Frontiers, Maribor European Capital of Culture, Rome Film Festival. I have presented and published my research in international conferences like ACM TEI, IEEE VR, CIM, SMC, ICMC and pushConference.

My project SculpTon was selected as one of the finalists of the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition 2015, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA).

For more than ten years I have performed, recorded, traveled with the Italian band Elettrofandango.

In 2014 I have received my M.A. at Interface Cultures, Kunstuniversitaet Linz (AT). During that period I was a visiting student at IAMAS – Institute for Advanced Media Arts and Science, Ogaki (JP).

Previously to my Ph.D. I have worked as a Research Assistant at STEIM – Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam (NL), on the METABODY European Project. I’m currently collaborating with YCAM InterLab.

I’m also part of the research network on Data Physicalization.


Feel free to contact me: boem.alberto[at]gmail.com