BOX #1 is published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) in a limited edition of 200, of which 150 are for sale. Each handmade box contains at least 30 works by local and national artists, musicians and writers whose work has a relationship to the Afro-futurist themes present in the MOCAD exhibition Vision in a Cornfield (curated by Cary Loren, 2012).
Compiled by Cary Loren the box includes a 12″ vinyl LP of unreleased works by Sun Ra and Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts, a 16 track CD of other unreleased tracks by Sun Ra and Ibn, plus strange local music along with a reprint of Toward a ‘Ratio’nal Aesthetic, a deep and dense music manifesto with Sun Ra-like equations called Faruquisms by Faruq Z. Bey, who revised and worked on the book just shortly before his death.
Each Box has a unique cover designed by Afro-futurist musician and artist Efe Bes and is signed and numbered by the artist. A listing with the full contents of each box can be found on the Book Beat weblog.