Trees of My City

Public New Media Art Project

Multi-screen projection, 5.1 surround sound Installation and Interactive Video-Embedded GPS Webmap
by Roberto Mighty

Arnold Arboretum to Preview “Trees of My City” Video/Audio Installation Jan. 22nd
Dormancy. Death. Decay. It’s all good.

Trees of My City is an original multimedia installation about the beauty and science of dormant, dead and decaying trees in one American city over one calendar year...and how we can expand our ideas about the cycle of life by contemplating how nature deals with death. 

Curators & members of the press: Email for link to exclusive movie trailer preview.

Trees of My City will preview live at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 from 1pm - 3pm.  The exhibit also includes Roberto's fine art photography through March 6th.  

Trees of My City was filmed on location in Newton, Massachusetts. Through high definition video, unusual photographic perspectives, timelapse, underwater and aerial photography, digital compositing and surround sound audio, audiences experience trees in unexpected ways and have their consciousness raised about our urban treescapes.

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An accompanying image-embedded gps webmap leads users of mobile devices to several of the trees in the installation.

Trees of My City was conceived and developed as a museum installation by Roberto Mighty, a filmmaker, photographer and new media artist.  Approximately a year ago, while trying to make sense of the deaths of close family members, he began photographing and filming local trees.  The project grew to involve noted scientists, including Eric J. Olson, PhD, Ecologist, Brandeis University; Kevin T. Smith, PhD, Plant Physiologist, Project Leader, USDA Forest Service; Simon A. Perkins, Field Ornithologist and Larry Sass, Ph.D., Department of Architecture, MIT.

About Roberto Mighty
Prior to creating the Trees project, Roberto directed the critically acclaimed documentary Chinese Lessons. Images from Trees of My City were recently chosen for Newton Open Studios by Juror Dina Deitsch of the DeCordova Museum. Roberto has produced and directed 65 half hours of network affiliate and independent major market television, is the recipient of a NALIP Producer’s Academy Fellowship in Santa Fe, has directed over 50 audiobooks for major publishers and is an Adjunct Professor at Emerson College's Visual & Media Arts department.

The Arnold Arboretum
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants. Administered by the Office of the Provost of Harvard University and a link in Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, the Arnold Arboretum is a unique blend of respected research institution and beloved public landscape. We provide and support world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of trees.

More Information: Trees of My City Webpage


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