The SHLC's research projects generate conversations between people by revealing their unseen connections.


How we build models

Participants create models using our unique magnetic fingertip building system. These linear models organize participants' fingers into pericutaneous relationships at 3 inch intervals. These models are then translated into a digital library, and printed as volumetric forms. These forms become the Pericutaneous Models used by visitors of the Center.



Playing through feel, learning through play

Each model corresponds to unique hand positions previously held by one or more people. The corners of the models represent the spatial coordinates of their fingers.

To use a model correctly, users should match their fingers to the corners of a model using the correct number of people, hands, and fingers. The users are then recreating a previously experienced micro-social space.

Models can be used as building blocks to be arranged and added into new combinations to feel new micro-social relationships.