Roberto Mighty at the Cambridge Public Library
Roberto Mighty is Mount Auburn Cemetery’s first Artist-in-Residence, and his term is three years. Inspired by the Cemetery’s landscape and history, Roberto is creating ‘earth.sky’ – a site-specific, immersive multimedia meditation on life, death, ritual, history, landscape, nature and culture. He uses historical research, cinematography, photography, audio recording, music and computer-controlled multiple projectors in an exhibit evoking American history and the contemporaneous life force of diverse individuals interred at Mount Auburn from its consecration in 1831 to the present. His talk will include video excerpts and a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.
This FREE program will be held at the Main Branch, Cambridge Public Library, 49 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138. Seats are first come, first served. No pre-registration or tickets required.
Roberto Mighty Bio
Roberto Mighty, MFA is a Media Artist specializing in filmmaking and multimedia installation. His exhibits utilize video, film, photography, sound, computers, furniture and architectural space. His work concentrates on nature, science, history and the human condition. Roberto is currently in development on “Peach Pie”, a narrative film about mental illness based on a poem by Cambridge resident Charles Coe. In Fall, 2015, Roberto is Projection and Sound Designer for “The Draft”, an original play by British author Peter Snoad and directed by Diego Arciniegas, touring theaters and colleges in New England. In Summer, 2015, he completed “Bird Garden”, a short film about French-American artist Jean-Pierre Ducondi. Roberto also travels around the USA filming people 50 – 100 years of age for his upcoming exhibit (2016/2017) about aging in America. In May 2015, as the first Artist-in-Residence at Mount Auburn Cemetery, he created a 3-projector multimedia exhibition called “earth.sky”, about graves of mostly unknown, diverse historical and contemporary figures. In 2014 his exhibition, “Wind, Sand & Stars” at Truro Center for the Arts, was about the landscape of the outer cape. In 2013, his installation, “Trees of My City”, at the Scandinavian Cultural Center in Newton, MA, was about death, mourning and the circle of life as expressed in images of dead trees; In 2011-2012 he was Artist-in-Residence at Harvard Forest, where he created a five-channel installation, “First Contact: Puritans, Native Americans and the Clash Over Land in 1630”, featured at Harvard’s Fisher Museum.
Roberto is Adjunct Professor in the Visual and Media Arts department at Emerson College. He earned his MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Summer, 2011, where he concentrated in Video Installation. He is committed to public engagement, having worked with RAW Artworks, The Strand Theater; Berklee College of Music, Old South Meeting House, Harvard University, The Revolving Museum, Dorchester High School, the Children’s Museum, and several other Boston-area institutions and nonprofits.
This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.