Sky Islands

A time travel in the Andes Mountains

Sky Islands: A time travel of the Andes Mountains 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?

This project is the result of Master in Arts at Piet Zwart Institute. It was scientifically supported by dr. Suzette Flantua and prof. dr. Henry Hooghiemstra from the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), Science Park, University of Amsterdam. It has been displayed and well received at KINO Cinema and at Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy at Rotterdam (NL) from 5th-8th of July 2018, and also at Science Park, Amsterdam University, for the Open Science Day the 6th October 2018. In addition, since its launch on YouTube (July/2018) the visualization has attracted over 1800 views.

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