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Irena Ristic is a researcher in the fields of psychology, social science and art. Focused mostly on generative processes, collective creativity, and the conditions of radical imagination.
Graduated from the Faculty of Drama University of Arts in Belgrade, Department of Theater directing, followed by postgraduate studies of psychology of art at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology (MSc) and the Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Theory in Belgrade (PhD), as well as the specialized education at  the Institute of Psychodrama (EAPTI, Belgrade/Vienna). Conducted a number of studies, art pieces, performances, and cross-disciplinary projects.  Also known as the author of “Essays of Friendship and Possession” (2019), “Beginning and The End of Creative Process” (2010), co-author of “Psychology of Creativity” (2013), the editor of  “Taking Care of the Yard” (2017), and co-editor of the books “Theater Within the Context… and Not Just Theater” (2016), “Theater and/in the Times of War” (2009) and “On Creativity and Arts: Contemporary Psychological Research” (2015).
She is a co-founder of the micro collective Hop.La! and Associate Professor in the Department of Theory and History at the Faculty of Drama University of Arts in Belgrade.
ARTWORK
Cross disciplinary 
Surplus Value / Hop.La! @ Shabac City Theatre, 2019.
On Friendship and Possession / Hop.La! @ Crocodile Center for contemporary litarature, 2019.
The rehearsal / Actopolis project Formally Informal@Goethe Institute, Belgrade, Serbia/Oberhausen, Germany, 2016.
Thus spoke Irena Ristic / Hop.La!@Rex, Belgrade, 2015.
Careful observation / Hop.La!@Rex, Belgrade, 2014.
process_K /  Hop.La!@CC City/Grad, Belgrade, 2011.
Room of little fears / Hop.La!@Rex, Belgrade, 2009.
Autopsy / Hop.La! & Ah.Ahilej@Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade, 2005.
Film 
Self-Scape / Hop.La! – Honorable Mention from the Jury of  Experimental Competition at the 34th Festival Tous Courts in Aix en Provence 2016
Just an ordinary cinema: Unpaired / Hop.La!@Rex, Belgrade, 2013.
Appetite /Hop.La! –  Golden medal for best experimental film at 57th Documentary and Short Film Festival Belgrade 2011
Theatre (selection)
White mane, after R. Guillot @ Shabac City Theatre, 2019.
Saga I. Ristic @CZKD, Belgrade, Serbia, 2006.
On the way … Seeking  by the play of P. Handke @Washerei P, Hall in Tyrol, Austria / Schauspielschule Zerboni, Munchen(GER), Associazione Teatrale Pirate Ship,Bergamo (IT) and  Nothdurft  Verein fur Theater, Hall in Tirol (AUS), 2003.
Eleven weeks R.Pavlovic @Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia, 2000.
Kangaroo Skin Shoes  K. Milutinovic @Belgrade Drama Theatre, Serbia, 1999.
La Dame aux Camélias by A. Dumas Fils @National Theater of  Republic of Serbia, Banjaluka, 1998.
The Best Team on the World  by S. Koprivica @Children scene Narional Theater  Krusevac, 1997.
Man ist Man by B. Breht @Belgrade Drama Theatre, 1996.
Madam Olga  M. Bojic @National Theater “Sterija”,Vrsac, Serbia, 1996.
Too much reality Z. Videnovic @KPGT, Belgrade, Serbia, 1996.
Mousetrap A. Christie @Belgrade Drama Theater. Serbia, 1995.
Love on First Sight A. Popovic @Children Scene Dusko Radovic, Belgrade, Serbia, 1995.
Men at the table S. Valjarevic, I. Piper @PPP Fest, Rex Belgrade, Serbia, 1995.
Love of Perlimplin and Belisa F. G. Lorca @Agora fest, Itaca & Skordisci, Becej, Serbia, 1994/
Notorious @Evening Stage Dusko Radovic, Belgrade, 1993.
Quartet  H. Muller @Belgrade Drama Theater, Serbia, 1992.
As It Happen Before… N. Milic @New stage Crnjanski, Belgrade, 1991.
Participatory work & polyphony
Bitef Poliphony, programming and co-editing, 2007-2019.
Taking Care of the Yard, dialogue platform@Association NKSS, Belgrade etc, 2014-2017
Theatre Within the Context … and Not Just Thater, International Symposium @16th Bitef Poliphony, Zaprokul, 2015
The Site, Hop.La!  youth program  in/about public spaces @13th Bitef Poliphony, Belgrade outdoor, 2012
Good Questions Club, Hop.La! youth program on/in/to questions for high school students of Belgrade, 2010
Pride & Prejudices , Hop.La! program focused onto prejudgments and radicalization the life manners of local youth, 2008
Me and You+ Something in Between, after the book of M. Buber, Hop.La! @8th Bitef Poliphony, 2007
Awards
Self-scape: Honorable Mention from the Jury of  Experimental Competition at the 34th Festival Tous Courts in Aix en Provence 2016
Apettite: Golden medal for best experimental film at 57th Documentary and Short Film Festival Belgrade 2011
Early-stage Researcher Award, Psihologija Journal, 2016
Generation Z: Best youth policy project of City of Belgrade in 2011
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Books
Ristic, I. (2019). Essays of friendship and possession. Belgrade: Geopoetika
Monographies
Ristić, I. (2010). The Beginning and the End of Creative Process.  Belgrade: Hop.La! ISBN: 978-86-914149-0-0
Mandić, T. & Ristić, I. (2013). Psychology of Creativity. Belgrade: Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Institute of Theater, Film, Radio and Television ISBN: 978‐86‐82101‐47‐5

Papers
Ristić, I. (in press). On kindness and collectivity. In J. Karaulić & A. Letunić  (Eds.) Theatre Between Politics and Policies: New Challenges.
Ristić, I. & Milošević, M. (2020). The ambivalence in creative production of art students. Applied Psychology, 13(1), 119-138. DOI: 10.19090/pp.2020.1.119-138  >>
Ristić, I. (2019a). The words taken away. Defense of creativity and the conditions of radical imagination. Kultura, 163, str. 262-279.  DOI 10.5937/kultura1963262R
Ristić, I. (2019b). Fear of commoning, or  `It’s not ours, it’s yours`.Anthology of Essays by Faculty of Dramatic Arts. 35,  87–101.  ISSN: 1450-5681
Milošević, M., & Ristić, I. (2019). Construction and validation of the Creativity Coefficient. In J. L. Cuadra (Ed.), Understanding creativity. Past, present and future perspective (pp. 31-60). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-53616-053-6
Ristić, I. & Milošević, M. (2018a). Validation of the uniqueness coefficient in assessment of drawings. Applied Psychology, 11(2), 227–246. DOI: 10.19090/pp.2018.2.227-246.
Ristić, I. & Milošević, M. (2018b). Disturbing and new content in a service of creativity: What makes art students different from others? Contemporary Psychology,20(2),  117–136. DOI: 10.21465/2017-SP-202-01
Milošević, M. & Ristić, I. (2018). Creativity in sport – new research approach. Sinteza 2018 International Scientific Conference on Information Technology and Data Related Research, 267–274DOI:10.15308/Sinteza-2018-267-274
Ristić, I. (2017a). Towards new forms of collectivity. Superstructure and modeling of a self-organized scene in Belgrade. Kultura, 154, 414–434. DOI 10.5937/kultura1754414R  >>
Ristić, I. (2017b). A Rise and the fall of community theater. Anthology of Essays by Faculty of Dramatic Arts. 31,  87–101.  ISSN: 1450-5681
Ristić, I. (2017c). Introduction. In I. Ristic (Ed.) Taking Care of the Yard. Belgrade: NKSS & Hop.La! ISBN: 978-86-89121-03-2
Ristić, I., & Milošević, M. (2017). Correlation of creativity and emotional experience: Do we get more creative by observing disturbing images? Applied Psychology,10(3), 335–353. DOI: 10.19090/pp.2017.3.335-353 >>
Ristic, I., Skorc, B., & Mandic, T. (2016). Novelty and coherence in group creative processes. Psihologija49(3) , 213–229.  DOI: 10.2298/PSI1603213R >>
Ilic, V., & Ristic, I. (2016). Dialogue on performative turns: From theater autonomy to the repeal. In I. Ristic, V. Ilic (Eds.), Theatre Within the Context… and Not Just Theatre (pp.10–29). Belgrade: Hop.La! & Faculty of Dramatic Arts University of Arts Belgrade.  ISBN 978-86-82101-59-8 >>
Mandić, T., & Ristić. I. (2016). Roles from the border. Anthology of Essays by Faculty of Dramatic Arts, 29, 91–110.  ISSN 1450-5681 >>
Mandic, T., Skorc, B., & Ristic. I. (2016).  Creative bonding and human computer interaction. In Medias Res. International Scientific Journal for the Philosophy of Media, 5(9).  1321–1332. ISSN 1848-6304  UDK 159.954:004.382.7-043.5
Milosević, M. & Ristić, I. (2016). New methodology approach to creativity studies. In Medias Res. International Scientific Journal for the Philosophy of Media, 5(8).  1237–1250. ISSN 1848-6304   UDK 316.774:1 >>
Ristić, I. (2015a). Cognitive model of aesthetic processing in theatrical creative process. Anthology of Essays by Faculty of Dramatic Arts, 27. 157–174. ISSN 1450-5681 >>
Ristić, I. (2015b). Modes of aesthetic processing in creating the theatrical roles of different styles and genres. In N. Milicević, I. Ristić, V. Nesić, & S. Vidanović (Eds.), On Creativity and Art: Contemporary Psychological Research (pp. 89–106).Nis: Faculty of philosophy University of Nis.  ISBN 978-86-7379-396-2  >>
Ristić, I. (2014). Artist vs. Audience: Unexpected rencounters, In M. Šešić. Management of Dramatic Arts and Media – the Challenges of XXI Century  (pp. 279–290). Belgrade: Faculty of Dramatic Arts University of Arts Belgrade.  ISBN 978-86-82101-49-9 >>
RRistić, I. (2013a). Development of actor’s role in the light of cognitive model of aesthetic processing. In V. Nesic (Ed.), Psychology and Art (pp. 91–116). Kosovska Mitrovica: Faculty of Pilosophy. ISBN 978-86-80273-97-6 >>
Ristić, I., & Škorc, B. (2013). The structure of interests in different artistic disciplines of secondary school students. Journal of the Institute for Educational Research45(1), 185–202. ISSN 1820-9270   >>
Ristić, I. (2012). Perception of intimacy: Effects of identification and confrontation in aesthetic experience.  Annual Review, 8(1). Novi Sad: City Museum of Novi Sad, 159–167. >>
Ristić, I., Mandić, T., & Škorc, B. (2012). Can We do more than Me?  Anthology of Essays by Faculty of Dramatic Arts, 22,  211–225.  >>
Mandić, T., & Ristić, I. (2011). Creatology – Here We are!. Anthology of Essays by Faculty of Dramatic Arts, 17,  279–295.
Ristic, I. (2011). Generation Z: What young men like, wish and looking for in Belgrade   2011?. Belgrade: Hop.La! & Youth City Comitee of Belgrade. >>
Ristic. I. (2009). On aesthetic distance and war. In S. Kock, I. Ristic, S. Aita, D. Hulton, (Eds.) Theater in times of war (pp. 25–34), Belgrade/Vienna: Hop.La! & IGFT  >>
Ristić, I. (2007). Skill of theater directing: The myth of a Great Manipulator. In B. Ćorić (Ed.) A Man between Guilt and Sorrow / Group and Individual (pp. 295–310). Belgrade: FASPER Faculty for special education and rehabilitation.
Handbooks
Aćin, D., Ristić, I., & Navojec, L. (2015). Generator – How to introduce children to theater, and a theater to children?   Handbook  for preschoolers. Beograd: Stanica.
Slavković, I., Ristić, I., Slavković, B. & Radosavljev, J. (2004). A child and a teacher in a new school. Handbook for interactive teaching methods. Beograd: Susret
Thematic publications and anthology (editing)
Ristić, I. (2017). Taking care of the yard. Belgrade: NKSS & Hop.La! ISBN: 978-86-89121-03-2
Ristic, I., Ilic, V. (2016). Theater within the context… And not just theater. Belgrade: Hop.La! & Faculty of Dramatic Arts University of Arts Belgrade ISBN 978-86-82101-59-8 /M18
Milicević, N., Ristić, I., Nesić, V., & Vidanović, S. (2015). On Creativity and Art: Contemporary Psychological Research. Nis: Faculty of Philosophy ISBN 978-86-7379-396-2/ M49
Kock, S., Ristic, I., Aita, S., Hulton, D. (2009). Theater in times of war. Vienna/Belgrade: IGFT  & Hop.La!
Key notes, conference proceedings and lectures (selection)
Ristic, I. (2018, June). On kindness and sense of community. Key Note presented at The 16th edition of the International Symposium of Theatre Critics and Theatre Scholars. Collective Work: Questioning Collectivity in Contemporary Theatre. 63rd Sterijino Pozorje Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Ristic, I. & Nikolic, A. (2018, March). Politicality of directing. The paradigm shift. Paper presented at International Scientific Conference Theatre Between Politics and Policies: New Challenges, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristic, I. & Milosevic, M. (2018, March). Homo ludens and the new surprises. Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XXIV, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristic, I. (2017, November). If the city is ours, can it be yours when our guys get to the power? Paper presented at International conference Media, democracy & Populism. Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristic, I. & Milosevic, M. (2017, October). Creativity and contradictions: How ambivalent images affect the creative production? Paper presented at STuB Current Trends in Psychology. Novi Sad,  Serbia.
Milosevic, M. &  Ristic, I. (2017, March).  Construction and validation of the creativity coefficient.
Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XXIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Milosevic, M. & Ristic, I. (2016, March). Are we more creative when we observe disturbing images? A pilot study Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XXII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Milosevic, M. & Ristic, I. (2015, September). Creative approach to creativity studies. Paper presented at International Scientific Symposium Philosophy of Media: Creativity and Media, Cres, Croatia.
Ristic, I. & Skorc, B. (2015, March). Dimension of coherence in group creative process. Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XXI, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristic, I. (2014, May). Conformity of non-institutional cultural operators. Paper presented at International Scientific Conference Science and Freedom. Faculty of Philosophy Sarajevo, BiH.
Ristic, I., Skorc, B., & Mandic, T. (2014). How to measure group creativity?. In Empirical Studies in Psychology XX Conference Proceedings (pp. 28–32). Belgrade: Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade.
Ristic, I. (2013). The role of symmetrical participation in dyadic creative process. In Empirical Studies in Psychology XIX Conference Proceedings (pp. 127–131). Belgrade: Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade.
Ristic, I., & Mandic, T. (2013). Dimensions of relational creativity in group story building. In Empirical Studies in Psychology XIXConference Proceedings (pp. 83–87). Belgrade: Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade.
Ristic, I., Skorc, B., & Mandic, T. (2013). Measuring the group creativity. 12th International Conference Days of Applied Psychology. Nis, Serbia: Faculty of Philosophy University of Nis.
Skorc, B., Pejic, B. & Ristic, I. (2013). Visual representation of abstraction. 12th International Conference Days of Applied Psychology. Nis, Serbia: Faculty of Philosophy University of Nis.
Mandic, T. , Ristic, I., & Skorc, B. (2012).  Story building as a creative task. International Journal of Arts and Science. Conference Proceedings. Boston: Harvard University.
Ristic, I. & Skorc, B. (2012, February). Artistic orientation and values of youth. Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XVIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristić, I. (2012). Perception of intimacy: The effects of identification and confrontation in aesthetic experience. Paper presented at Conference Museum Contextualisation of the Intimate and Emotional. City Museum of Novi Sad, Serbia.
Škorc, B. & Ristić, I. (2012, February). Satisfaction with art education. Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XVIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristic, I. (2011, February). The effect of style-thematic control in the creative process of visual artists and to the perception of aesthetic outcome. Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XVII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristic, I. (2011, February). The audience factor in the creative process of future visual artists. Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XVII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristić, I. & Škorc, B. (2011, September). Preferences of different artistic disciplines in Belgrade high school students. Paper presented at the Days of Applied Psychology. Belgrade, Serbia.
Škorc, B. & Ristić, B. (2011, September). Implicit theories of the visual arts. Paper presented at the Days of Applied Psychology.  Nis, Serbia.
Ristić, I. (2011, June). How do artists of different disciplines perceive spontaneity and its role in the creative processes? Paper presented at the Congress of Psychologists, Serbian Society of Psychologists, Sokobanja,
Ristić, I. (2010, February). Artistic control in the creative process of performing artists. Paper presented at Empirical Studies in Psychology XVI, Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade.
Ristić, I. (2010, February). Factor of expected evaluation and assessments of latent dimensions of aesthetic experience in theatrical creative production. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology XVI, Belgrade, Serbia.
Mandic, T., & Ristic, I. (2010). Guided movement promotes a creative lifestyles. Paper presented at the Eric Berne Centenery Conference  »Transactional analysis in action«, Montreal
Ristić, I. (2009, April). Creative process and the social constrains. Paper presented at the PSI# 15 Performance Studies International, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Ristić, I. (2009, February). Are satisfied artists more spontaneous than others? [original title: Da li su zadovoljni umetnici spontaniji od drugih?]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology XVI, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristić, I. (2007, February). Examining the differences in the appearance of aesthetic modes during creative processes at three theatrical levels [original title: Ispitivanje razlika u izraženosti estetskih modusa tokom kreativnih procesa na tri pozorišna nivoa]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology XIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristić, I. & Videnović, A. (2007, February). Modes of aesthetic processing and creative processes at the academic theatrical level [original title: Modusi estetske obrade i kreativni procesi na akademskom pozorišnom nivou]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology XIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Videnovic, A., Jović, V. & Ristić, I. (2007, February). Preference for a modality of an actor’s expression depending on the respondents` age [original title: Preferencija modaliteta glumačkog izraza u zavisnosti od uzrasta ispitanika] Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology XIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Videnovic, A., Filipović, D. & Ristić, I. (2006, February). Artistically valuable versus What I like in the acting within a poetry interpretation [original title: Umetnički vredno i ono što se meni dopada u glumačkom izrazu pri interpretaciji poezije]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology XIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Videnović, A., Tomović, M,  Glogovac, B., Ristić, I. & Radonjić, A. (2003, February). Preference for acting mode on meaningful and meaningless material [original title: Preferencija modusa glumačkog izraza na smislenom i obesmišljenom materijalu]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology IX, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristić, I. & Radonjić, A. (2002, February). Modes of aesthetic processing in the process of the professional performance creating [original title: Modusi estetske obrade u procesu stvaranja profesionalne pozorišne predstave]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology VIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Videnović, A., Tomović, M., Ristić, I., & Milićević, N. (2002, February). Examining the modes of aesthetic processing in acting on purposely created audio material [original title: Ispitivanje modusa estetske obrade u glumačkom izrazu na namenski kreiranom audio materijalu]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology VIII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristić, I. & Radonjić, A. (2001, February). Modes of aesthetic processing in the process of the amateur performance creating [original title: Modusi estetske obrade u procesu stvaranja amaterske pozorišne predstave]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology VII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristić, I. & Radonjić, A. (2001, February). Modes of aesthetic processing in the process of creating an academic performance [original title: Modusi estetske obrade u procesu stvaranja akademske ispitne predstave]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology VII, Belgrade, Serbia.
Ristić, I., Radonjić, A., Videnović, A. & Bakić, I. (2000, , February). Modes of aesthetic processing and the creative process in theater performance [original title: Modusi estetske obrade i proces stvaranja predstave]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology VI, Belgrade, Serbia.
Bakić, I., Radonjić, A., Pejić, B., Grba Singh, Z., Gazdić, M., Ristić, I., Vukmirica, I., & Vujić, G. (1999, February). Relationship between an aesthetic assessment level and the test of multiple classifications [original title: Povezanost nivoa estetske procene i testa višestruke klasifikacije]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology V, Belgrade, Serbia.
Grba Singh, Z., Pejić, B., Gazdić, M., Bakić, I, Radonjić, A., Ristić, I. & Vukmirica, I. (1998, February). The aesthetic assesment factors [original title: Faktori estetske procene]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology IV, Belgrade, Serbia.
Pejić, B., Grba Singh, Z., Gazdić, M.,  Bakić, I., Radonjić, A.,  Ristić, I. & Vukmirica, I. (1998, February). Drawing logic and the aesthetic assessment [original title: Logika crteža i estetska procena]. Paper presented at the Empirical Studies in Psychology IV, Belgrade, Serbia.
Pejić, P., Grba Singh, Z., Bakić, I., Radonjić, A.,Vukmirica, I., Ristić, I., Vujić, G., & Gazdić, M. (1997, July). Differences in aesthetic assessments in students of psychology, art history, and fine arts [original title: Razlike u estetskim procenama kod studenata psihologije, istorije umetnosti i Fakulteta likovnih umetnosti]. Paper presented at X Yugoslavia Congress of Psychologists, Petrovac na moru.
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