Contra-internet: Jubilee 2033
(US/UK 2018, 31 min)
Inspired by Derek Jarman’s 1978 queer punk film Jubilee, Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033 follows Ayn Rand and members of her Collective, including Alan Greenspan, on an acid trip in 1955. Casting Susanne Sachsse as Ayn Rand, Zach Blas stages a psychedelic fever dream that sees the philosopher and her hangers-on transported to a dystopian future Silicon Valley. As Apple, Facebook, and Google campuses burn, their guide, artificial intelligence Azuma, reveals that Ayn has become a celebrity philosopher to tech executives, as her writings foster their entrepreneurial spirit. Amidst the wreckage, Rand and The Collective are introduced to the Internet and bear witness to techies being captured by anti-campus groupies. Inside an occupied office park, the group encounters Nootropix, a contra-sexual, contra-internet prophet, who lectures on the end of the internet as we know it. Seeking respite, Rand and The Collective find themselves at Silicon Beach, where chunks of polycrystalline silicon mix with sand and ocean.
Zach Blas― Kunstenaar
Zach Blas, born in 1981 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA, is an artist, writer, and lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally. His writings can be found in “Documentary Across Disciplines”, “Queer: Documents of Contemporary Art”, and “e-flux journal”. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers. His solo exhibition “Contra-Internet”, from which the film Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033 derived, ran at Gasworks in London from September – December 2017.