Roberto Mighty, Mount Auburn Cemetery's inaugural artist-in- residence from 2014 through 2016,  has released an online version of earth.sky, his site specific, multimedia exhibit that he produced and premiered during his residency.

www.earthdotsky.com

The new online multimedia exhibit features all twenty-nine of the short films in earth.sky, each of which is accompanied by related information such as information on the people profiled, cemetery location details, and artist’s statements written by Mighty to provide additional context.

The diverse stories depicted in the films include historical figures such as nineteenth-century slave narrative author Harriet Jacobs, pioneering animal rights advocates George Thorndike Angell and Emily Appleton, internationally acclaimed African-American sculptor Mary Edmonia Lewis, and twentieth-century mathematician and cryptographer Claude Elwood Shannon. More recent profiles, featuring interviews with surviving loved ones, include one of America’s first legally-married Gay men and a lawyer who advocated for abused and neglected children in and out of the courtroom. Additional films  and a still photos gallery focus on Mount Auburn’s landscape, seasons, and wildlife.

The original version, designed to be screened in Mount Auburn’s Story Chapel, premiered in full in November 2016, presenting sights, sounds, and individual stories of the Cemetery in an immersive meditation on life, death, ritual, history, landscape, nature, and culture. Mighty has now released the website www.earthdotsky.com to make the films, music, images, and storytelling of the original exhibit available to audiences worldwide.

 

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2016 was an eclectic year. My art-video installation exhibits and films premiered in California, Atlanta, Cambridge and Boston. Taught new graduate, undergraduate, online and studio workshop courses; completed three short films; participated in FPAC Open Studios; and built on work begun in 2015 as a member of the City of Boston’s first Artist Residency Cohort. Click on links below for film/video trailers & previews.

‘earth.sky’ 4-projector art/video installation premiered at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. As America’s first Artist-in-Residence at a National Historic Landmark cemetery (no pressure), I created an inclusive view of our nation’s history through multimedia stories about 16 deceased individuals from the 1830’s to today, plus 19 landscape “tone poems”. National, state and local funding. Project covered by the Boston Globe, American Cemetery Magazine,  BU Today and South Boston Online. Multimedia website and exhibition tour coming 2017.   https://vimeo.com/191989120  

‘Peach Pie’ narrative short film premiered in California and Atlanta film festivals. Peach Pie is about mental illness in an urban military family. Reviewed by Los Angeles’s Black Cultural Events Weekly.   http://www.peachpiefilm.com

“Jesseca Ferguson: Cabinet of Curiosity” - New artist profile documentary short film on the internationally renowned book artist and pinhole photographer. https://vimeo.com/181109259

Teaching: Assigned “Night of The Living Dead” to students in my AVID editing class at Emerson College for a Halloween day movie trailer exercise. Fun ensued. Encouraged international graduate students to film creative monologues in any language. Taught advanced Final Cut Pro editing at LEGO headquarters in Connecticut for AGI Training, hugged giant toy. Led Summer art/filmmaking workshops at my new studio in Boston.

“Charles Coe: Man of Letters” -  New author profile documentary short film about the award-winning poet and musician Charles Coe, and his decision to ‘forgive the sins’ of his long-dead parents.  https://vimeo.com/181266108

Speaking Engagements: Invited to give several talks in 2016, including the Association For Environmental Studies and Sciences annual conference at American University, Washington DC. Presented about my artist residency at Harvard Forest’s Long Term Ecological Research institute, funded by National Science Foundation. Also presented “Peach Pie” to Harvard Square Scriptwriters. http://www.hsswriters.com/two-screenings-and-their-stories-monday-october-3rd-2016/

Music - Hillary Clinton Fundraiser: Kathryn Howell (vocals) and I (guitar) performed live jazz at several different venues throughout 2016...But the October HRC fundraiser in Newton provided the most memorable contrast between expected and actual outcomes. www.robertoandkathryn.com

For 2017-2018, I’m creating a new art/video Virtual Reality project about mass incarceration; finishing a multi-screen immersive exhibition about aging; producing a documentary with the Nipmuc American Indians and University of Massachusetts Architecture Department; producing a new TV/web series, and...a couple of surprises.

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