interpersonal communication involves more than just words; it involves emotion. emotions can be roughly seen as complex organized internal states. awareness of those states would allow human beings to evaluate social information and develop strategic social intelligence and hence, everyday actions convey social meaning and emotion. this paper reports an experience for supporting public-emotion based dialogs, where emotions are expressed, captured and transmitted between distant participants using tangible interfaces. we also exploit the social meaning of an everyday physical object such as a portrait, in order to create affective interfaces. we describe as well, a device that allows emotional awareness and supports the affective interpersonal interaction among people across distance.