Cambridge Open Studios: earth.sky Multimedia Installation
In April 2014, filmmaker and new media artist Roberto Mighty became Mount Auburn Cemetery’s first artist-in-residence. In 2013, the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-30-13-0533-13) for a two-year Collections Stewardship project to catalog, photograph, and assess the Cemetery’s Significant Monument Collection and fine arts statuary.As part of this project we engaged Mighty for an eighteen month artist-in-residency with funding to create documentary videos and a film about the preservation of the Binney Monument, one of the Cemetery’s most significant monuments.
During his time at the Cemetery, Mighty has been touched by Mount Auburn’s landscape and “residents.” His explorations of the landscape—in all seasons and all hours of day and night—and his research about those buried here—both historic and contemporary figures—inspired him to envision a media project about the Cemetery that combines film, historic voices, layered design, and music, entitled earth.sky. On May 9th and 10th, as part of Cambridge Open Studios, Mighty will be presenting a weekend-long preview of earth.sky, a site-specific multimedia installation created for Mount Auburn’s Story Chapel, consisting of synchronized high definition video and audio projections onto interior architectural surfaces within the 19th-century chapel. In earth.sky, audiences experience a uniquely emotional, historical journey through breathtaking landscape cinematography, high-fidelity audio, music, and photography, while hearing the inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking and often uplifting words of individuals interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery from its inception to today. As Mighty describes it “earth.sky is not about death. It is about living people. People who once walked the earth as we now do. People who live on in the memories of others.”
Watch a preview of earth.sky.
Story Chapel will be open to visitors from 12 – 6 p.m. on May 9th and 10th and the artist will be on site from 12 – 5 pm during the earth.sky installation. All are welcome and admission is free.
The program lasts 45 minutes.