Euan Macdonald

9000 PIECES by Euan Macdonald is a provocative single-channel High Definition video was shot at a secret musical instrument factory in Shanghai where high quality pianos are manufactured only up to 90 percent for export around the world, where the last 10 percent are “finished” and can be labeled “Made in the US” or Europe. The video records the intricate mechanism of a piano being vigorously tested by a factory machine designed to determine the endurance of pianos. As with some of his early videos, 9,000 Pieces also subtly points to questions about the sustainability and speed of fast changing economies and globalized societies.

Euan Macdonald's videos, drawings and sculptures are informed by a wide array of philosophical, musical, and literary references, but return repeatedly to the quotidian occurrence, the everyday as subject. Slowness and stillness are set against the relentless race of the cinematic spectacle.  Many of his videos present a single conceptual mechanism: art as a machine that proceeds with its own logic, at its own pace, until its operation is complete. But they proceed with a kind of uncertainty, a tension of possible outcomes—a viewers attention shifting between the concrete and the abstract. Macdonald is interested in art that "causes problems and resists academic rationale," seeing "indeterminacy as an affirmation."