I think, of course, the first to come to mind is Rube Goldberg. It's interesting to compare the three, Peter and David against Rube, when you consider that Rube's stroke of luck with his cartoons being a hit was dependant upon the absurdity and overcomplication of simple tasks, as compared to how these two artists seemingly relish in the complexity of the materials and objects themselves. So while I immediately think Rube, I separate this work from his and as the video progresses I become more deeply interested in the varying physical properties and inclinations the objects themselves carry.My favorite scene from this has to be the trash bag gradually unwinding itself while carrying it's momentum and interia forward to inevitably interact and affect the tire, which itself is of property and position to resist it for a brief time. I mean to say that this was the most interesting aspect of this trailer, in that each object functions by it's own set of intricate rules and physical limitations.Lastly of note, I think it's nice to note that there certainly must be a great deal of understanding and trust with their materials in order for them to have been succesful with this work, and it clearly shows with how they've drawn out the most of what each object has to offer.
Rube Goldberg does come to mind. The video is the final, commemorative product of all the arrangements. There is a visual rhythm to the work, where each new set of objects is like a scene in a play, and each scene proceeds at its own pace, some fast and some slow. The slower scenes are full of suspense and the changing of paces creates a dynamic composition. This work easily ties into the study of material, where each scene presents a new relationship between a variety of objects with each other in different ways. They bang, hit, nudge, push, and rub each other, creating personified relationships between the inanimate objects.
I enjoy this piece and its contrast between natural progression (i.e. gravity, force, momentum, etc) and human influence over placement. I also enjoyed the hesitation in some of the objects' motion; it gave the viewer more suspense in watching these actions take place rather than making every motion happen quickly. Each object also played its part in the flow of the piece as a whole, and was a beautiful weaving together of the individual items and motions.
This was an incredibly entertaining and fun piece for me as viewer however it must have taken an enormous amount of planing and lots of frustrating failures to create this success. but isn't that what art is, a series of failures followed, eventually, by a success? Then you must ask what is failure and what is success?