about

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.

Milestones

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 .

January - March, 2011: “Trees of My City”, on exhibit at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

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


Curriculum Vitae

Media Artist   Filmmaker  Educator

Roberto Martínez Mighty, MFA     

www.robertomighty.com

HIGHLIGHTS

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

        Projects.

FPAC Open Studios

2014-2016    

        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.

2015-2016

        “Peach Pie” - independent narrative film project, noted above. Screenwriter/Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Lecture: Art and Environmental Science

June, 2016

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

Nov, 2016

Harvard Square Scriptwriters. “The Filmmaker’s Journey: Writing,

Directing and Editing a film, from concept through film

festivals.”

Screening/Artist Talk: Multimedia Installation

Nov, 2015

Cambridge Public Library. “Earth.sky’: Multimedia Art and the Dead”

Youth Workshop

April, 2016

Cambridge Community Television. “Landscape Imaging”

        Created/led workshop for inner city youth in collaboration with

        Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Guest Panelist

October, 2014

         Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

        Department of Landscape Architecture

 

Summer Solstice Art Exhibit

2014

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

2014

“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    

2013

Art Exhibit: Ecological Reflections - Sense of Place in Changing Places

Original film, “Cloud Lightning” 2013, HD, Color, 2 minutes..

Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Fine Art Photography Exhibit, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA

2013

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

2013

“Final Cut Pro X Digital Video Editing Essential Training”

    Online Video Training Course

    www.digitalclassroom.com  

March, 2013 (publication date) Writer, Curriculum Developer, Host

Guest Lecturer/Workshop Leader, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

2013    

“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

2012

    “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

2011

“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

2011

“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

Teaching Experience

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

        Documentary Filmmaking

        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

Education

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.

Fellowships

• 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

 

Funding

• 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

Audio Producing

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

Press Coverage

Boston Globe

Artist Roberto Mighty finds stories at Mt. Auburn cemetery

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2014/08/28/alone-mount-auburn-cemetery-artist-roberto-mighty-looks-for-unkown-stories-dead/CMZScmLdLixrLA0imPRxAO/story.html

Harvard Gazette

Mighty exhibit: Harvard Forest artist portrays Colonial clash over land

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/09/mighty-exhibit/

WBUR The Artery

Revisiting 1630s Massachusetts: Roberto Mighty’s ‘First Contact’

http://artery.wbur.org/2013/03/27/roberto-mighty

BU Today

Making Art among the Dead

CAS alum may be country’s only cemetery artist-in-residence

http://www.bu.edu/today/2014/making-art-among-the-dead/

American Cemetery Magazine

Finding Art at Mount Auburn Cemetery

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/53a05b41e4b022528710d42e/t/582e1d51d482e9eebcb69823/1479417171824/Finding+Art+at+Mount+Auburn+Cemetery.pdf

South Boston Online

Roberto Mighty Debuts at Mount Auburn Cemetery

https://issuu.com/southbostononline/docs/sbol_11_24_16

The Noise

Magnificent, Monumental and Mighty Good

http://thenoise-boston.com/2016/08/roberto-mighty/

 

Sweet Auburn Magazine

Roberto Mighty and IMLS

https://issuu.com/friendsofmountauburn/docs/sa_summer2014_web__2_

Personal Interests

Dad; Swimming; Cross-Country Skiing; Jazz Guitarist; singer/songwriter; Forest Hiking; Latin dancing; Black Belt in Taekwondo.


 

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