Making Cutting Edge Animation on a DIY Homestead

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What is notable about the community of Trout Gulch is not only the rural lifestyle and technological innovations but also how its residents come together with a strong focus and sticking to their plan as a group. The idea of the collective working as a unit, believing in the same values and methods of living, is important in maintaining this type of community; it seems that having multiple people all adhering to this lifestyle further reinforces the drive in each of them to stick to their personal beliefs, something that could be more difficult when in solitude.

The commitment to sustainability and community can certainly intersect with the world of commercial business, though it does seem difficult at a glance. Trout Gulch seems to have been built for the very purpose of integrating technology with natural life, placing Encyclopedia Pictura in such an isolated setting, which is why it is mostly successful in its dual endeavors.  It seems that the collective’s residents are in touch with how modern machinery works but choose to take these methodologies into their own DIY-prone hands, as evidenced by their reading of online forums to find solutions that they can agree with. The important thing is that these people know exactly how to combine their bucolic dedication with industrial enterprises through extensive research and creativity.

On the other hand, though, Encyclopedia Pictura is perhaps limited by its distance from urban life, where digital innovation is arguably thriving the most. Is it possible that the collaborators of Encyclopedia Pictura will, to a certain degree, always be slightly behind in what is new in technology? Also, what do you think is the reason why the three founders of the community chose a profession and a lifestyle that perhaps contradict each other?

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Making Cutting Edge Animation on a DIY Homestead”

  1. Maybe Saxon’s profession is what made Trout Gulch possible in the first place. It’s easy to think of nature and technology as two opposites, but now that I think about it, is something a lot of people in our profession are interested about. We recognize the power and potential of technology and feel very much empowered to use it, so it makes sense that these people are the ones that are at forefront of the implementation of a highly technological but sustainable lifestyle. That’s why I don’t necessarily agree with you that the collaborators of the community will always be slightly behind with what is new in technology: their profession really forces them to stay up to date.

    I really like what you say about how the community really makes it possible for everyone to maintain this lifestyle. Saxon alone would probably not have been able to keep this up, even with the resources his parents provided. It links nicely back to the ‘Mutuality’ dimension in Conceptualizing and Measuring Collaboration: we need each other skills and a shared interest to achieve our own personal goals.

  2. It is a difficult question to answer that whether the collaborators of Encyclopedia Pictura will be behind in technology or not. At a certain level, I think they shouldn’t be. By the ability to search things from the online forums, it is hard to be outside of the knowledge base. That besting said, the decisive pointer of whether they will be behind or not is their motives of elevating their knowledge. We can always have the tool without using it. This explains that no matter they want to be advanced or behind, there must be a good reason for that. From my point of view, theoretically they should’t be behind. But if they want to stay rural and have a better chance to approach the mother nature, it’s hard to find a reason to make them become modern. It implies that a share goal that brings everyone together is so important that will determine how we are going to live our lives and whether we are going to collaborate and strive for the same purpose.

  3. Technology is so advanced today with everything instantly being updated on the internet, collaboratively by millions of users, that if the effort is made, it is hard to miss out on any technological advancements. Keeping up with the trends might not be that much of a miss.
    About a contradicting profession and lifestyle, maybe that was deliberately the reason why they chose it; their surroundings clearly give them a lot of inspiration for their work. Collectively creating their own environment, to get inspiration from it to make their best work; adding fresh new perspectives to every form of art.

    The way Trout Gulch works reminds me of an institution called Auroville in India. Auroville is, as they describe it, “a lot about sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.” A couple of my industrial designer friends loved exploring Auroville and work collaboratively along with people with the same mission from different parts of the world.

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