Roberto Mighty’s earth.sky
Roberto Mighty, Mount Auburn’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. 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 earth.sky to make the films, music, images, and storytelling of the original exhibit available to audiences worldwide.
The new online multimedia exhibit features individual videos of 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 focus on Mount Auburn’s landscape, seasons, and wildlife. Visit earth.sky and browse through “Films” to access each one. The exhibit also includes a gallery of still photos, available at www.earthdotsky.com/stills/. To read Mighty’s artist statement about the exhibit as a whole, visit www.earthdotsky.com/about-1/.