Jonathan Schipper's The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle is a machine that advances two cars slowly toward one another over a period of 6 days, ending in an inevitable collision. The movement is so slow as to be invisible. Hermetically sealed in our cars, drivers very often occupy a mental space not impacted by reality. We stop and look at a car wreck to reacquaint ourselves with the lost velocity, to reconnect with cause and effect. For we live increasingly in a world without effect, without impact. Because of the reduced velocity of the event, the motion of the cars is undetectable, invisible to the naked eye. By reducing a crash to its Newtonian elements, by compartmentalizing the components, can we isolate the moment of transformation, recapture it? If we slow things down can we catch the real impact?