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Zine Watch: MONOLITH

Inspired by science and technology, Lore Oxford's new zine looks at the universe with curiosity

"I just really love the fact that the universe is so completely unfathomable" explains Lore Oxford when we asked what triggered her curiosity with the universe. "Everything's just so massive!" Lore is the editor of MONOLITH. At just 22 years old she is already tapping into the unexplained, turning heavily intellectual subject matter, new science and technology – from modern biological science to extraterrestrial life forms, spirituality, philosophy and psychedelia – into content that is surprisingly straightforward.  

Issue #1 is due to be released on October 23rd. It kind of looks like a Reader's Digest from the 70s

Dazed Digital: What do you think triggered your fascination with the universe and extraterrestrial life forms?
Lore Oxford:
Every single person in the world could have a different opinion on what it's like in the depths of space beyond our reach and every idea has genuine potential. Take the rule that a majority of the science community has, where they only look for carbon-based life (i.e. life like ours) on other planets. Lee Cronin, a scientist I interviewed for Issue #1, has managed to successfully synthesise life-like cells from metal. His research suggests that if he can make life, which isn't carbon-based in a lab on Earth, surely somewhere in space, a planet has the right conditions to produce similar life with any element? It's totally true. The possibilities are literally endless and who wouldn't be fascinated by that if they really thought about it?

DD: How do spirituality and science work in harmony in Monolith?
Lore Oxford: There is a definite crossover between science and spirituality, one which is rarely given a platform from which it can be discussed. For example, in one article published in issue #1, the writer discusses an experiment, which proves that the same areas of the brain are awakened when hallucinating as when you're witnessing conventional 'reality'. The idea that elevated states of consciousness and hallucinations can be explored scientifically, or that emotions like love or happiness could be defined by nothing more than chemical responses in the brain are relevant to almost anybody. I think a publication like MONOLITH, which prides itself on providing totally unbiased, informative coverage is the perfect context in which to explore these ideas.

DD: What can we expect from the new issue?
Lore Oxford: Issue #1 is due to be released on October 23rd. It kind of looks like a Reader's Digest from the 70s. It was important to define both content and aesthetic, so there's a broad variation of subject matter, including why cats could turn you insane, the human perception of time or the facts about the history of psychedelic compounds like LSD and Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms). A combination of heavily intellectual content with a beautiful aesthetic makes some of the science-based content more accessible to a visually stimulated audience. It's intended to be informative, but most importantly, stimulating. I want to switch people on and engage them.

MONOLITH will be celebrating its issue launch on Oct 23rd with a screening of The Holy Mountain plus guest speakers. Get more info HERE.