Film by Queer artist Zach Blas screens tonight at LACMA

London based, queer artist Zach Blas uses his work to comment on technology and politics, and his film “Contra-Internet” is no exception.

It’s also a bit of a head trip.

Inspired by Derek Jarman’s 1978 queer punk film “Jubilee,” Blas’ “Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033” follows author Ayn Rand and members of her collective, including economist Alan Greenspan, on an acid trip in 1955.

“Contra-Internet” screens 7:30 tonight at LACMA in the Bing Theatre.

The screening is free and open to the public.

Zach Blas Contra Internet

London based, queer artist Zach Blas uses his work to comment on technology and politics, and his film “Contra Internet” is no exception. It’s also a bit of a head trip. Photo: Zach Blas.

Casting queer icon Susanne Sachsse as Rand, Blas stages a psychedelic head trip where Rand and her followers are transported to a dystopian future Silicon Valley, according to LACMA website.

As Apple, Facebook, and Google campuses burn, the group’s guide explains that Rand is a celebrity philosopher to tech executives. Surprise, surprise, Rand’s writings foster their entrepreneurial spirit.

Amidst the flaming wreckage, Rand and her collective are introduced to the Internet, observe tech employees being captured by anti-campus groupies, and watch the demise of the Silicon Valley elite.

The group also meets Nootropix, a contra-sexual, contra-internet prophet played by Cassils, who lectures on the end of the internet as we know it.

Blas also is a lecturer at the University of London.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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