i wrote this while on the road with very limited internet access… it kind of repeats lots of what robin said previously, but i decided to post the original text anyway:
i don't know if i can speak specifically to this topic, but i can certainly give you some impressions from that time that i still have in mind. i suspect my experiences at the time were really different than the other people involved since they organized the shoots, and only had me in each time as a "guest star" to generate content.
one thing i remember is that (again, at least for me personally) we would shoot a video about a certain topic (rings, ball bouncing, etc.) and beforehand i would try to prepare some material to film. but after the video was in the can, that's when i would usually be really excited about whatever topic we had been working on, and inspired by the video edit i would start to research the subject in ernest. after cooking fat is when i made a ton of ring stuff, same with headache. and radical club news. so the videos inspired me, although in a weird backwards process kind of way.
overall i think the thing that sticks out for me is that the series was another step along the path to juggling being valued on its own, away from performance. it pointed to a hobbyist culture that was interested in juggling itself, and perhaps suggested a way to live with juggling in a different way than just doing live shows. there were lots of discussions between us back then about how the videos could grow as a business. i still find this fascinating today- that your love of juggling can sustain you in such a way that you are able to develop pure juggling itself, away from all the trappings of art and/or show business.
concretely, i can say one huge thing that came out of peapot was nakkinen's invention of legos. and legos seemed to catch on in an accessible way which led the community at large to further related ideas. i think its still too early to tell the final resting place of peapot in the flow of juggling development. also because its near a larger, much more significant shift in the global culture- youtube. back when peapot came out, content was still limited, and valued at a different rate than things produced today.
i personally know of many stories where the peapot videos directly influenced the work of lots of jugglers. least of all jerome thomas- who, for whatever reason (lots of weed, politics, funding, ego), latched onto the work and continually made references to it well beyond the project he started with all of us. but i'm not sure these jugglers i know are around today in the same way- if their work is relevant to what is happening or not. peapot was certainly an era, but juggling generations seem accelerated these days (or is that just digital culture again?), and watching some clips of the recent youtube release makes me cringe sometimes at the level of the technique.
lastly, i could share one "behind the scenes" story of radical club news… we were in the middle of the edit when jonas and max decided it should be 2 videos instead of one. so the rest of us were given a camera again and sent to the hallway to create more content to fill out the time required to split the video in half. i clearly remember being in the hallway with manu, trying to figure out what the hell else we could do with radical fish. in one way it was great because we tried some things we never would have before. in another way it was shooting content purely to make the films longer… which of course is never a good starting point for inspiration? it also meant that a lot of the editing ideas were never realized from the original shots- for example, the sequence i do on the stairs which is painfully slow and boring was originally intended to be played at 1000% speed, but as we needed to stretch to fill time, it was shown in its real timing.
we did end up having a live stage show that toured a little bit called peapot live: pig. and we ended up doing the show milkday with jerome thomas company. so the project led to next steps which for sure are connected to what is happening today. but it feels very far away, and i have a hard time pinpointing exactly how things moved on from then.