Contra-Internet

Contra-Internet

2014–2018

Contra-Internet

Consisting of a queer science fiction film installation that includes live action and CGI, blown glass sculptures, and a single edition publication, Contra-Internet confronts the transformation of the internet into an instrument for state oppression and accelerated capitalism. Invoking a practice of utopian plagiarism, Contra-Internet appropriates queer and feminist methods to speculate on internet and network alternatives.

Jubilee 2033, the short film centerpiece, is a re-imagining of scenes from filmmaker Derek Jarman’s 1978 queer punk film Jubilee, starring Susanne Sachsse as Ayn Rand and Cassils as a contra-sexual, contra-internet AI prophet named Nootropix.

  • Contra-Internet Inversion Practice #1: Constituting an Outside (Utopian Plagiarism) (2015)

  • Contra-Internet Inversion Practice #2: Social Media Exodus (Call and Response) (2015)

  • Contra-Internet Inversion Practice #3: Modeling Paranodal Space (2016)

Credits

    • Solo Exhibition and Jubilee 2033 commissioned by Gasworks, London; Art in General, New York; and MU Eindhoven
    • Contra-Internet Inversion Practice #3: Modeling Paranodal Space commissioned by Art in General
    • Contra-Internet lecture-performance commissioned by Rhizome
    • The End of the Internet (As We Knew It) commissioned by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
    • Supported by a 2016 Creative Capital Award in Emerging Fields, Arts Council England, and Thor Perplies
    • Jubilee 2033
      •      Cast (in order of appearance)
        •           Ayn Rand, played by Susanne Sachsse
        •           Alan Greenspan, a member of The Collective, played by Dany Naierman
        •           Joan Mitchell, a member of The Collective, played by Lindsay Hicks
        •           Azuma, the artificial intelligence, played by Fusako Shiotani
        •           The Art Professor, played by Raquel Gutiérrez
        •           Nootropix, played by Cassils
      •      Writer and Director: Zach Blas
      •      Producer: Ali Roche
      •      Producer: Tiffany L. Gray, Extra Credit Studios
      •      Co-Producer: Tara De Maro, Extra Credit Studios
      •      Director of Photography: Alison Kelly
      •      Editor: Amy von Harrington
      •      Associate Producers: Marcela Coto, John Palmer, and Martabel Wasserman
      •      Composer: xin
      •      Production Designers: Alexah Acuna and Kevin Gallo
      •      Costume Designer: Lauren Warkentien
      •      First Assistant Director: Sadé Clacken Joseph
      •      First Assistant Camera: Mike Mast
      •      Second Assistant Camera: Rob Ford
      •      Second Unit Camera Operator: Jessica Gallegos
      •      Gaffer: Blake Farmer
      •      Grip: Andrew Joffe
      •      Swing: Jim Gillespie
      •      Sound Recording Engineers: Victoria Carrillo, Ada Douglas, and Fred Oliveira, Voxx Studios
      •      Book Design: Leaky Studio
      •      Book Fabrication: Bookworks
      •      Globe Etching Design: Scott Kepford and Solveig Suess
      •      Globe Fabrication: Silkwood Glass
      •      Hair and Makeup Artist: Catherine Alfonso
      •      Hair and Makeup Artist for Cassils: Mikayla Gottlieb
      •      Assistant Hair and Makeup Artist for Cassils: Eliza Baron
      •      Choreographer: Dany Naierman
      •      Unit Production Manager: Rachel Wilson
      •      Production Assistants: Savannah Bleu, Zak Frank, and Chaz Eden
      •      Visual Effects Supervisor: Justin Shell
      •      Visual Effects: Harry Sanderson and Daniel Swan
      •      Character Modeler and Rigger for Azuma: Mikkel Aabenhuus Sørensen
      •      Supervising Sound Editor: Tom Sedgwick
      •      Sound Designer and Assistant Sound Editor: Benjamin Hurd
      •      Colorist: Jason Moffat
      •      Assistant Editor: Cameron Dunbar
      •      Assistant Producer: Jaclyn Amor, Extra Credit Studios
      •      Translators: Fusako Shiotani, Yuki Matsuzaki, Turkuaz Benlioglu, and Raquel Gutiérrez
      •      Voice Coach for Fusako Shiotani: Yuki Matsuzaki
      •      Caterer: Nick Lorenz
      •      Background Actors (in order of appearance)
        •           Dead Google Employees, played by
          •                Jeff Cain
          •                Kalvin Henely
          •                Michelle Lee
          •                Christopher O’Leary
          •                Amanda Stojanov
        •           Dead Apple Genius, played by Scott Kepford
        •           Captured Techies, played by
          •                Andrew Culp
          •                Amy von Harrington
          •                Eva Della Lana
          •                Joshua Wagner
        •           Dead P***r T***l, played by Richard Stiasny
        •           The Anti-Campus groupies, played by
          •                Alexah Acuna
          •                Kevin Gallo
          •                Christopher Joseph Lee
          •                Victoria Lobo
          •                Maria Noble
          •                Martabel Wasserman
      •      Shot on location in Burbank, Malibu, Moffett Field, San Jose, and Sun Valley, California
      •      Special Thanks
        •           Hosein Eyalati
        •           Andrew Hibbard
        •           Melody Jue
        •           Nadja Millner-Larsen
        •           Mahan Moalemi
        •           Bryce Renninger
        •           Jasmina Tumbas
    • Contra-Internet Inversion Practice #3: Modeling Paranodal Space
      •      3D Modeling and Animation: Adam Sinclair