Vanja Hamid Isacson: Work diary as a method in artistic research

Since I started my artistic research 2017 I have been using the work diary as a method. Now 2021 I have hundreds of pages of work diary; how, when and why will I use them? The work diary has first of all been a method for reflection and development of ideas – both on my artistic work, my plays, and on my research questions and in that way leading to knowledge production. At the same time it has become the main documentation of my artistic practice. I am interested in discussing these different aspects of the work diary and how they are combined. I am also interested in the form itself: What is a work diary and how is it written? For whom am I writing? And how? What are the frames of the writing? In my presentation I will talk about these aspects of the work diary: reflection, development of ideas, knowledge production and documentation. I will talk about the “rules” that I have formulated for my work diary and compare them with unformulated rules for my private diary. I will give some examples from my work diary in relation to my research: excerpts that I will not use and why not, and excerpts that I will use and why.


Swedish playwright and PhD candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts since 2017, where she studies Performative and Mediated Practices with a specialisation in Performing Arts. Her doctoral project is entitled “The potential of Multilingualism in Dramatic Works”. It studies the relation between multilingualism and communicative, dramaturgical, political and emotional functions through a number of dramatic works. Identity,