Modes of dispossession, levels of affinity

Antoine Beuger

Modes of dispossession, levels of affinity has been performed in Bruges and Montréal…

(…) Modes of dispossession, levels of affinity was another practice we would regularly perform.

It was our way to celebrate the gift of communion, or, paradoxically, of solitude: of being alone in the awareness of our not being alone.

It was our exercise to deepen our understanding and our experience of being oneself.

In our view there was no being oneself without losing oneself: losing oneself to one another.

Even when we are alone, we think of each other, we long for each other, we wait for each other, we, indeed, are indwelled by each other.

But isn’t this only possible, if we do not possess (ourselves, each other)?

My home, my heart: how can I say they are mine without at the same time saying they are yours?

So many modes of dispossession, that are fundamental to who I am, by virtue of which I am…

We were four (a stable enough number not to have anyone become isolated, we thought) and we would sit widely separated, wide enough to be alone, close enough to be not alone.

We would play (or sing, sometimes) single tones, sometimes connecting them to a phrase of sorts, very quietly, very gently, to ourselves, which, we were convinced, meant: to each other.

Giving away the sounds rather than collecting them.

We tried to play each sound in the awareness of giving it away without having ever been in the possession of it.

Each time we were surprised by the beautiful coincidences that occurred, not just now and then, but all the time! We marveled at how our sounds would find each other, touch each other, permeate each other, complement each other, see each other off: so many levels of affinity!

Our sounds, traces almost of themselves, were teaching us, revealing us our own potential.

One day one of us suggested we should try and play each sound thinking of someone (present or absent, living or dead, known in person or otherwise) indwelling our house. It was a lovely suggestion and soon it became the innermost core of our practice.

From The Memories of RN, author and date of origin unknown


  • November 9, 2014, Quatuor Bozzini — Europe Fall 2014: SLOW (36h) Wandelweiser — 2, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Blindekens, Bruges (Belgium)

Modes of dispossession, levels of affinity

  • Antoine Beuger
  • Year of composition: 2014
  • Duration: 70:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Commission: Quatuor Bozzini, Concertgebouw Brugge
9 Nove 2014
6:30 pm
In person
Bruges (Belgium)
14 Marc 2018
6:00 pm
Série QB
In person Workshop
Montréal (Québec)