the wisdom of man thinks it is working one thing, the
wisdom of nature constrains it to work another, and quite
a different and far better thing." Edwin Abbot
Inner Architecture was a response to the 1962 Pure Maths
Exam, commissioned by the National Library of Scotland as
part of their "Re-Sits" project, celebrating the
digitisation of their exam archive.
Created in collaboration with singers from across the Isle
of Skye, the piece is an exploration of the circular ruins
of Dùn Beag - a stone age broch - as a site of
maths, music and indeterminacy. Meeting within its walls
over the course of 6 weeks, we played with distribution of
harmony, chanting, binary counting and improvisation to
see what might emerge from the questions in the exam.
You can see what else was created as part of the project,
and find out more about the NLS exam archive here: digital.nls.uk/exams/re-sits/