HOT/COLD invited touch in support of human interaction and cultural connection as a universal way of knowing the world. The work engaged both the rarity of and necessity to support non-violent physical contact with the other. It highlighted the magical spark created by touch, dialogue, and play. The interior table’s topographic surface was developed from photographs of a shared dinner. Open-ended phrases in Hebrew and Arabic were stenciled on this surface and then covered with heat-sensitive opaque ink. When a warm hand touched the surface, the black ink cleared, revealing questions and phrases, inspiring curiosity, and sparking conversation. Breaking with gallery conventions, visitors were encouraged to touch the table. As one hand leaves the surface and another touches it, letters and open-ended phrases appear and disappear, covered and uncovered as the temperature shifts.