MARIANA LUNA spent her childhood in the heart of Mexico City and the Mayan jungle region in southern Mexico. She's worked on films and presented sculpture and performance art works, and music compositions around the globe in cities such as Los Angeles, Montréal, Istanbul, Berlin, Mexico City, and New York City. She's studied and performed folk musics in several languages in situations ranging from concert halls (tango at the Juilliard School, works by Bach, Mahler, and Mozart at Carnegie Hall), to museum and installation contexts (such as closing the Norwegian Pavilion Without Walls at PERFORMA, in a Tori Wrånes piece), to bars and the like (Brooklyn highlight: having Francis Alÿs in attendance at her performance FALL/Eschatology).
Her sculpture and installation works have been exhibited at the Parsons School of Design (NYC) and Carnegie International (Pittsburgh). She's shot for Talking Stick at the Rubin Museum of Art, and the recent issue launch of BRIGHT IDEAS, and is director of JAGUAR HARMONICS, a video for beatnik poet Anne Waldman (later turned into a performance with collaborations from master artist Kiki Smith and master choreographer Douglas Dunn). She also wrote, directed, and appeared as lead in FRAGMENTS, a film selected by New York City's acclaimed Microscope Gallery.
Luna studied Music at the Juilliard School, Comparative Literature (Art History, Spanish & Luso-Brazilian Languages, and English departments) at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Sculpture and Time-Based Media at Hunter College (Nari Ward, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Constance de Jong). During her time at CUNY, she received a fellowship and won three awards for her poetry and prose—much of it based on a series of autobiographical vignettes about nomadism which would become Fragments and Multiverse Synesthesia, an epic film travelogue about nomadism. In 2012, the Center for the Humanities gave her a commission to travel to Mexico to film one of the last surviving legendary photographers of 20th Century Mexico, Julio Mayo, a 94-year-old Spanish exile who joined the Republican army to fight the fascists on the side of the anarchists at age 17, and went into exile in Mexico following a period of imprisonment in a concentration camp during the Spanish Civil War.
Synthesizing decades of work across several disciplines and a life-long interest in science, Luna is presently working on an epic film cycle about nomadism, synesthesia, land art, and an astrophysicist character struck by lightning. The films include performances of vocal repertoire in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, English, Georgian, Greek, and Portuguese. Luna is the director of a sequence of videos for saxophonist and composer Devin Waldman, with whom she is working to launch Fast Speaking Film, a forthcoming moving images branch of Fast Speaking Music.