Roberto Mighty is a multimedia artist, filmmaker, photographer, sound designer and musician who uses interactive and online technology in his work. His immersive, interactive exhibitions and artist talks take place online, in museums, colleges, galleries, community organizations and visitor centers.
Roberto built his new multimedia studio in Boston's Fort Point Channel Arts District to facilitate creation, development, testing and demonstration of new projects for museum and gallery installations.
2007 - Present: Adjunct Professor at Emerson College, an Instructor at American Graphics Institute and has also taught at Boston University’s College of Communication and Center for Digital Art. After successful careers in audio, TV and video production, he now concentrates on art-making that involves nature, science, history and the human condition.
2014 - 2018: Filming people 50-100 across the USA for "getting.older.", an original documentary and multimedia installation about aging in America.
2014 - 2016: First Artist-in-Residence at the 183 year old Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and America's first cemetery artist-in-residence. The 174 acre cemetery, founded in 1831, is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Roberto creates "earth.sky", a site-specific, multi-screen digital multimedia installation based on the landscape of the cemetery and the stories of some of the 98,000 people buried there.
2015 - 2016: Completes "Jesseca Ferguson: Cabinet of Curiosity". Documentary artist profile of renowned book artist and pinhole photographer.
2016: Completes "Charles Coe: Man of Letters". Documentary artist profile of critically-acclaimed poet.
September, 2015: Designs Projections and Sound for "The Draft", an original play touring New England by British author Peter Snoad, directed by Diego Arciniegas, with Lighting Design by Wen-Ling Liao.
2015: Builds a new studio in Boston's Fort Point Channel arts district. The studio is his laboratory for film, video, interactive multiscreen projections, digital editing and online work.
Summer, 2015: Completes "Bird Garden", a short film short about Jean-Pierre Ducondi - an artist, a garden, and wild birds.
Summer, 2014: Guest Artist at the Truro Center for the Arts Gallery at Castle Hill. His video/audio exhibit debuts on July 3rd: "Wind, Sand & Stars", based on the landscape, skies and waters of Cape Cod and inspired by the book "Terres Des Hommes" by French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, also author of "The Little Prince".
Summer, 2014: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center features two of Roberto’s short films, “Walkers: lightDark” and “Cloud Lightning” in their Summer Solstice event, opening June 19th.
September - December, 2013: "Trees of My City" on exhibit at Scandinavian Cultural Center in Newton, Massachusetts.
2013: Completes four online video films for Harvard Forest on the plight of the Eastern Hemlock tree species, Tsuga canadensis.
2013: Original film about ecology, “Cloud Lightning”, premiered at the National Science Foundation headquarters in Reston, VA.
2011-2012: Artist-in-Residence at Harvard Forest, Harvard's 3,500-acre, Long Term Ecological Research site. Multimedia exhibit at Harvard’s Fisher Museum of Forestry, “First Contact: Puritans, Native Americans and the Clash Over Land in 1630” on view from September to October, 2012 .
2011: Receives Master of Fine Arts in the Visual Arts from Lesley University's Art Institute of Boston.
2010: Spends one year imaging dormant and decaying trees using four types of cameras in a single American city. Subsequent multimedia exhibit, Trees of My City, exhibited at Harvard, Newton Free Library, etc. (see above).
2009: After successful careers as Music Writer/Producer, Audiobook Producer and TV Producer, enrolls in graduate MFA program at Lesley University
Media Artist Filmmaker Educator
Roberto Martínez Mighty, MFA
Artist-in-Residence, Mount Auburn Cemetery
Artist-in-Residence, Harvard Forest
City of Boston Artist Residency Cohort
Narrative film, California International Shorts Festival
Narrative film, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Atlanta
FPAC Open Studios
Guest Artist, Truro Center for The Arts at Castle Hill
Multimedia Exhibit, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
National Black Programming Consortium
Adjunct Professor, Emerson College Visual & Media Arts Department
OVERVIEW - MEDIA ART
America’s first Artist-in-Residence at a National Historic Landmark Cemetery. Funding from national, state, municipal and private sources. Extensive press coverage.
Digital multimedia artist residency at Harvard Forest ecological institute culminating in 5-channel video/audio installation. Projection and Sound Design Collaborations with theatrical troupes from inner-city venues to Harvard University. In development: video art/Virtual Reality/interactive projects on mass incarceration and aging.
Professional practice in multimedia art, emergent media and digital filmmaking, including digital video, sound design, timelapse, immersive projections, computer-controlled multi-channel multimedia installation, online interactivity, fine art photography, music composition, production and recording.
OVERVIEW - FILMMAKING
Screenwriter, director, cinematographer and editor of “Peach Pie” narrative short film - about urban family coping with mental illness and war trauma. Official Selection at California International Shorts Festival and Atlanta’s Urban Mediamakers Film Festival.
Fellowships from National Black Programming Consortium and National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Art-documentary short screened at National Science Foundation headquarters. Documentary series of brief film profiles on prominent and emerging artists. Collaboration with Nipmuc American Indian tribe and University of Massachusetts/Amherst Architecture Department.
OVERVIEW - TEACHING
Currently Adjunct Professor in Visual & Media Arts at Emerson College. Courses at Graduate and Undergraduate levels. Modify and develop new curricula and syllabi as needed. Multiple honors and certificates. Primary interest: Media Art from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Instructor in digital nonlinear video editing at American Graphics Institute. Author/Host online e-learning digital video editing course by Wiley Digital Publishing. Instructor at Boston University College of Communication. Teacher of private workshops.
Exhibits, Residencies, Screenings, Workshops, Lectures, Publications
Artist in Residence, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA
2014 - 2016
Appointed the first Artist-in-Residence in the history of 184-year old Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA - a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Created earth.sky - a transmedia project involving video, sound design, interactive video-embedded GPS mapping, fine art photography, online and site-specific digital multimedia. The project relates to 19th century funerary iconography, spirituality and landscape. Subjects include an escaped slave; gay and lesbian couples; an Iranian child psychologist; a Civil War-era mental health reformer; abolitionists, and several others.
City of Boston Artist Residency Cohort
2015 - 2016
Appointed to City of Boston’s first artist residency cohort.
Worked with municipal departments to prepare competitive
proposals for large scale video art/online interactive multimedia
FPAC Open Studios
Seasonal Open Studios participation includes opening my studio
for film and multimedia screenings; and live jazz musical performances
In the lobby of Midway Artist Studios building.
“Peach Pie” - independent narrative film project, noted above. Screenwriter/Director/Cinematographer/Editor
Lecture: Art and Environmental Science
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, American University, Washington, DC. “First Contact: Puritans, Native Americans, and the clash over land in 1630” (Digital multimedia installation and artist residency, Harvard Forest)
Screening/Artist Talk: Screenwriting
Harvard Square Scriptwriters. “The Filmmaker’s Journey: Writing,
Directing and Editing a film, from concept through film
Screening/Artist Talk: Multimedia Installation
Cambridge Public Library. “Earth.sky’: Multimedia Art and the Dead”
Cambridge Community Television. “Landscape Imaging”
Created/led workshop for inner city youth in collaboration with
Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Department of Landscape Architecture
Summer Solstice Art Exhibit
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center projection
art series. Video artworks: “Cloud Lightning” and “LightDark”,
included in group show of Boston media artists.
Guest Artist, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA
“Wind, Sand & Stars”, a nontraditional multimedia meditation about the relationship of landscape and wildlife to human perception. Created entirely on the Outer Cape in May, 2014, the exhibit involves HD video, fine art photography, original music and sound design. Director/Cinematographer/Editor
National Science Foundation headquarters, Arlington, VA
Art Exhibit: Ecological Reflections - Sense of Place in Changing Places
Original film, “Cloud Lightning” 2013, HD, Color, 2 minutes..
Fine Art Photography Exhibit, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA
Exhibit: The Magnificent Splendor of Trees
Body of Work: “Trees of My City”
February 1 - March 24, 2013
Fine Art Photographer
Author/Host,Wiley Digital Publishing/AGI Training
“Final Cut Pro X Digital Video Editing Essential Training”
Online Video Training Course
March, 2013 (publication date) Writer, Curriculum Developer, Host
Guest Lecturer/Workshop Leader, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
“Depictions of Landscape from Song Dynasty to Wes Anderson” (Lecture)
Landscape Digital Imaging with Digital Photography and Video (Workshop)
Taught Harvard undergraduates in winter break program. January 2013
Curriculum Developer/Lecturer/Workshop Leader
Digital Multimedia Installation Exhibit, Harvard Fisher Museum
“First Contact: Puritans, Native Americans and the Clash Over Land in 1630”
5-channel digital media exhibit: video, timelapse, music, sound design, voice-over, fine art photography. Immersive installation about the clash of Puritan and Algonquin Native American cultures in the early 17th century. September-October, 2012.
Artist Residency, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2011 - 2012
Harvard received NSF grant for me to research and develop digital multimedia art project in 3,500 acre forest. 18 month residency. Video Artist/Cinematographer/Digital Editor/Fine Art Photographer/Sound Designer
MFA Thesis Multimedia Installation Exhibit, Lesley University, Boston, MA
“Ecoutéz” 4-channel video/audio installation. Exhibit deals with contemporary notions of nature and the domestic. Original images of trees in a modern suburb and televised depictions of nature in the form of found footage clips are projected onto exhibit visitors and into an artificial domestic space -- an American living room, circa 1964. June, 2011
Video Artist/Fine Art Photographer/Sound Designer/Editor/Installation Artist
Multimedia Installation Exhibit, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
“Trees of My City” digital media/fine art photography exhibit — video, photography and sound design — about our relationship to the deceased, and the hidden beauty and ecological purpose of dormant, dead and decaying trees in a suburban environment over four seasons. January - March, 2011 Video Artist/Photographer/Sound Designer/Editor/Installation Artist
Adjunct Professor, Emerson College, Dept of Visual & Media Arts, Boston MA
2007 - Present
Courses: Graduate and undergraduate (VM613, 376, 242, 240 and 120) Foundations of Visual and Media Arts Production; AVID Editing for Film and Video; and Intro to Documentary Film Production. My teaching encompasses cinematography, photography, graphics, audio, video, and digital media within the context of transmedia concepts, theories and applications.
Honors: Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellows program certificate. Information Literacy Collaborative curriculum training certificate. Adjunct Faculty Representative to President’s Advisory Council.
Instructor, Boston University College of Communication, Department of Journalism
2013 - 2014
Courses: Visual Journalism (digital photography, video & editing) Familiarize students with fundamentals of digital photography, sound, and video; teach skills necessary for use of these media in journalism, especially for online multimedia reporting.
Instructor, Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Art, Waltham MA
2012 - 2014
Courses: Narrative Cinematography
Digital Nonlinear Video Editing, Beginner to Advanced
Instructor, American Graphics Institute, Woburn MA
2011 - Present
Courses: Final Cut Pro X Digital Nonlinear Video Editing.
Final Cut Pro 7 Digital Nonlinear Video Editing.
Live and Online Workshops: Vassar College, LEGO, many others
Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts 2011
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Concentration: New Media Art & Digital Multimedia Installation: Studied the works of Christian Marclay, Diana Thater, Bill Viola, Mark Dion, Robert Knight, Pipilloti Rist, etc.
Artist Mentors: George Fifield, Alix Lambert, Georgie Friedman, Sara Ching Yu Sun
Bachelor of Arts, History 1976
Boston University College of Arts & Sciences
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Concentration: American History
Additional Media Art Projects/Exhibits/Screenings
• June, October and November, 2016 “Brides Look Forward” - Fort Point Theatre Channel Basra-Boston Project. Stage Projections for play written by John Meyer and directed by Kathryn Howell. University of Massachusetts, Boston; Atlantic Wharf Gallery, Boston; The Arts Armory in Somerville.
• September, 2015 “The Draft” - Stage Projections and Sound Design for play written by Peter Snoad and directed by Diego Arciniegas. Hibernian Hall, Roxbury; Academy of Music, Northhampton MA; Westfield State College, Westfield MA; Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
• September, 2015 “Dancing Artists” - outreach film for FPAC Open Studios. Director/Director of Photography/Editor, with Karen McFeaters as Producer, Sara McCammond as Dance Wrangler, with music by Mike Bosa and Joel Benjamin as Stills Photographer
• September - December 2013 “Trees of My City”, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Newton MA
• January 2013 “Descent”, HD, color, Lesley University Brattle Gallery, MFA alumni show
• September, 2012 Actors Shakespeare Project, Boston “MacBeth” theatrical video projections
• June 2011 “Vision Seven” Outpost 186, Cambridge, MA - fine art photography group show
• May, 2011 “Boston imProper” MTS Gallery, Anchorage, AK - video group show
• May, 2011 “Zalmen or the Madness of God”, The Lab at Harvard - theatrical video projections for stage play by Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel
• November, 2010 Newton Open studios Juried Show & Sale - fine art photo group show
• August 2010 “Trees of My City” 2010, HD, Color, 23 mins. Newton Free Library, MA.
• 2015 City of Boston Artist Residency Cohort
• 2014 Center for Independent Documentary/Kopkind Seminar
and Retreat Week
• 2008-2009 Producer/Mentor - National Black Programming Consortium New Media Institute, Washington, DC
• 2008 National Association of Latino Independent Producers: Latino Producers Academy, Santa Fe, NM
• National Trust for Historic Preservation
• Institute for Museum and Library Services
• Cambridge Arts Council
• Mass Humanities
• National Science Foundation
Affiliations & Appointments
• Fort Point Artist Community member
• Midway Artist Studios: Resident Artist
• College Art Association member
• New England Media Coalition, Founder/President
• Board of Directors, Proscenium Fund for Audience Development
• Desktop Video Group member
• Board of Directors, Boston Film/Video Foundation
• Governor’s Commission on Immigrants & Refugees
2013 Producer/Performer Lullabye Jazz duo music recordings at CDIA Recording Studio. Currently on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and Tunecore
2009 Producer/Performer Don’t Explain Jazz duo music recordings at WGBH Fraser Studio. Currently on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and Tunecore
2005 Random House Producer/Director, La Casa En Mango Street, Loose Woman and Woman Hollering Creek. Directed MacArthur Foundation Award winning author Sandra Cisneros.
2003 HarperCollins: Director, The John Updike Audio Collection Pulitzer-Prize winning author John Updike
2002 HarperCollins: Director, House of Sand and Fog Award Winning author André Dubus III
Artist Roberto Mighty finds stories at Mt. Auburn cemetery
Mighty exhibit: Harvard Forest artist portrays Colonial clash over land
WBUR The Artery
Revisiting 1630s Massachusetts: Roberto Mighty’s ‘First Contact’
Making Art among the Dead
CAS alum may be country’s only cemetery artist-in-residence
American Cemetery Magazine
Finding Art at Mount Auburn Cemetery
South Boston Online
Roberto Mighty Debuts at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Magnificent, Monumental and Mighty Good
Sweet Auburn Magazine
Roberto Mighty and IMLS
Dad; Swimming; Cross-Country Skiing; Jazz Guitarist; singer/songwriter; Forest Hiking; Latin dancing; Black Belt in Taekwondo.