Helena T. – BASIS DC

Experiencing the World Through Our Hands

Project/blog link: Experiencing the World Through Our Hands
BASIS Advisor: Ms. Lindsay Schniepp
Internship location: University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital and Red Fern Art Studio
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Carrie Sims; Mr. Carl Fougerousse, Medical Director of Dulles 6 Surgical Unit; Studio Founder

Project Abstract

Does working with our hands have a place in society, or are these jobs simply waiting to be replaced by technology? Machines seem to be the center of society. Screens entertain and are used to manage huge swaths of day-to-day activities; however, even now many people still devote their lives to working mostly with their hands and producing results with a skilled craft. Surgeons and artists serve as two examples of this: surgery on the more practical side and artistry on the more expressive side. By asking questions and speaking to professionals in their own working environments, such as the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital and the Red Fern Art Studio, it is possible to grasp why someone might choose to work in a field which requires hand use and what benefits they reap from it. I hope to show that both the process and the results give people substantial satisfaction in their profession. Additionally, whether or not technology should replace the human element will be explored in order to evaluate the degree to which eliminating hand use in these fields would be a detriment to society, despite technology created to replace it.

Experiencing the World Through Our Hands