The Black Box Collective emerged after several years of symposia, reading groups, summer camps, wood-splitting, and barn-raising. The poets, journalists, academics, metaphysicians, artists, and strategists of the collective gather regularly at a retired dairy farm in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle to explore consciousness, community, and the circulation of communizing/commonizing currents. Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe is our first attempt to assemble a critique that might awaken us from the dream world that is so efficiently reproduced by capitalist culture.