A month long residency in Joshua Tree revolved around two different experiences quite specific to the ecology and culture of the area: learning to ride off-road motorcycles in Wonder Valley and foster caring for a baby desert tortoise. Of course these two subjects elicit ecological/political conversation but more directly I worked on tensions within spectrums such as machine - animal, contemporary - ancient, fast - slow, heavy - delicate, ubiquitous - rare, domestic - wild, and a wide range of textual, historical and ritual sources. The tortoise is central to many creation myths and the shell is perhaps the oldest divination tool. A Chinese folk tale tells the story of a young girl left alone to fend for herself in a cave without food or water, who nonetheless manages to flourish because she imitates the ways of a tortoise. As I was growing up my father often cited the story of the hare and the tortoise, encouraging me to slow down and cultivate patience. A short story by Lydia Davis, The Race of the Patient Motorcyclist, which describes a paradoxical race of slowness has also been an inspiration. From racetrack to arena to temple, the sculptural/performative forms in this exhibition evolved out of collective imaginative patterns which inform both our games and our rituals.