Dr Gea earned his degrees from Institut Teknologi Bandung (B.Eng in Engineering Physics) and Technische Universiteit Delft (M.Sc. In Applied Physics, Dr. In Applied Physics). After a two-year postdoc research at Technische Universiteit Delft, he joined the Faculty of Engineering in Universitas Gadjah Mada. In between 2003 and 2013, he applied optical measurement methods to study the dynamics of DNA molecules and microscopic flows inside lab-on-a-chip devices. Since 2013, he has been using his engineering skills and scientific curiosity to investigate unconventional topics and pursue unusual questions at the interactions of art and technologies, ranging from the shadow puppet movements in the ancient art of Wayang Kulit.