The University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts and SciArt Santa Fe will present “Relearning the Cosmos Through a Multicultural Consciousness,” a LASER Santa Fe talk and demonstration by UNM College of Fine Arts alumnus artist Marcus Zúñiga on his time-based works using direct sunlight and video projection to explore local and cosmic scales of place through a multicultural lens influenced by ancient Mexican mythologies, and historical and contemporary astronomy.

The program is presented in coordination with Leonardo / ISAST (International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology), Biocultura, and the Explora’s Science Fiesta.

The presentation will be online via a Zoom webinar on Friday, Sept. 25 at noon MST. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Registration is required by going to sciartsantafe.org.

“My work is about perception of the universe. It’s part of a conversation that spans millennia, and can’t be resolved with a simple yes or no,” Zúñiga said.

Zúñiga will present a "sun installation" demonstration that generates a solar viewing of cosmic time. Zúñiga’s sun installations utilize sunlight and mirrors to make time-based experiences that unfold through sculptural alignments between a given location situated between the Earth and Sun.

During the presentation, Zúñiga will describe the contextual philosophies that inform his work. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with the artist reviewing images and references that expand on how his artistic project is a relearning of the cosmos through multicultural consciousness, and how it is particularly influenced by ancient Mexican mythologies and the historical and contemporary practices of astronomy.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Zúñiga creates time-based works, using direct sunlight and video projection to generate temporal registrations. The primary theme of the work is locating place within the universe and by extension contemplating local and cosmic scales of place simultaneously. Informed by research from a combination of sources, including astronomy, digital aesthetics, and Xicanismo, his works interact with their surroundings to embody specified spatiotemporal relationships between human and cosmic bodies.

Zúñiga received his BFA from The University of New Mexico and MFA from Art Center College of Design. Recent exhibitions include curated group shows at the Main Museum, Los Angeles, the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, and a solo exhibition at No Land Art Space, Santa Fe.