VERONIKA LUKASOVA // MACHINATE MAMMAL
The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent. But if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light. Stanley Kubrick
In an interview with Playboy Magazine in 1968, the year the film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released, Stanley Kubrick – the famously reclusive director – spoke about his film. The narrative revolves around the discovery of an object suggesting the existence of life beyond our planet. But in the final scene, the astronaut David Bowman comes face to face with the fact he is alone. Bowman’s loneliness is the logical conclusion of a purely human-centric search for meaning.
The 1960s also witnessed the beginnings of another project focused on working out who we might be. The Standard Model of particle physics is a theory that gives us an insight into the fundamental structure of matter. Because we long to define our cosmic connection, we hope that such fundamental building blocks really exist. Using machines our species may yet find genuine meaning.
Veronika Lukasova is a visual artist based in London, UK. Her work is inspired by frontiers of space exploration, technology and particle physics. Veronika holds MA degrees in Photography, Linguistics and Musicology.