Long Division is a hauntingly atmospheric sound installation re-created by IOU for one of Halifax’s most magnificent historical buildings, All Souls Church.
As the clock chimes on the hour, there follows a sequence of sixty hushed, spoken exchanges, timed to the divisions of the clock. The whispering phrases gather in intensity second by second creating rhythmic speech patterns that send a wash of sound rippling around the walls.
All Souls Church is a Halifax landmark and one of the most beautiful buildings designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. A prolific architect whose work includes St. Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial, Scott thought this his best church. Now managed for by the Church’s Conservation Trust, this a rare opportunity to see inside this significant building.
Long Division was originally commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music and Oxford Botanic Garden. It was further developed in partnership with Salisbury International Arts Festival for Salisbury Cathedral. This new staging has been commissioned by Halifax Festival for a special presentation at All Souls Church.
If you are coming by car to visit All Souls, the car park opposite at William Hayes industrial packaging products is free to use on Saturday and Sunday.