Sky Islands 2018
Sky Islands: A time travel of the Andes Mountains is a collaboration with the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam. It is a film that combines 3D animation with photography to envision one chapter of the ecological history of the Northern Andes Mountains of South America. In the times we are living today, the anthropogenic global warming is affecting not only our human species but also the whole species and inhabitants of the planet Earth. For this reason, this project seeks to visualize how an extraordinary ecosystem and a refuge of unique diversification and a hotspot of biodiversity, called Paramo, took at least 2 million years of evolution. This visualization opens a door to travel from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene as a first step toward opening minds of its importance, and to implant a concern and post a question: Are we still on time to avoid losing more than 2 million years evolution of an extraordinary ecosystem in the Planet Earth?
Catalina is a Visual Artist and Biologist. She has been experimenting photography, film and animation of the Earth. Her interest is the use of video and mapping projection to envision past, present and future ecosystems. She thinks that visualizing the history of Earths'ecosystems is the first step to bestrew dreams and create potential future realities with past and original environments in balance with current human civilization. Her philosophy of life is to contribute to environmental education and to plant seeds of consciousness to treat our planet with love and respect.