The Presence of Grief: Research-Based Art and Arts-Based Research on Grief

Svend Brinkmann*, Ignacio Brescó, Ester Holte Kofod, Allan Køster, Anna Therese Overvad, Anders Petersen, Anne Suhr, Luca Tateo, Brady Wagoner, Ditte Winther-Lindqvist

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The authors involved in the creation of this text collaborate on a research project called The Culture of Grief, which explores the current conditions and implications of grief. The authors mostly employ conventional forms of qualitative inquiry, but the present text represents an attempt to reach a level of understanding not easily obtained through conventional methods. The group of authors participated as members of the audience in an avant-garde theatrical performance about grief, created by a group called CoreAct. The artists of CoreAct create their art through systematic research, in this case on grief, and we as researchers decided to study both the development of the play and its performance, and to report our impressions in fragments in a way that hopefully represents the nature of grief as an experienced phenomenon. We use Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht’s concept of presence to look for understanding beyond meaning in grief and its theatrical enactment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number9-10
Pages (from-to)915-924
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • arts-based inquiry
  • ethnographies
  • ethnography
  • grief
  • hermeneutics
  • methodologies
  • methods of inquiry
  • presence

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