In the context of “great divides” in which Belgrade’s cultural scene reproduces existing social relations, what is evident is the vast fragmentation and focus on different, more or less, convincing attempts of individual entities to sustain themselves and consolidate regardless, and perhaps even precisely because of weakening of others. Such induced relations resulted in a high degree of disunity; the situation has been radicalised and this point even maintains the system from which it was formed. In perseverance of many independent organisations we have come to negate the self-organisation in its very domain. Thus the question of what the self-organised cultural scene is consequently gets replaced by its conditional form: what could it be? Why should it exist? what would it aim for? On which principles would it function? Can we even begin to imagine it? What would it look like if we tried? The plan is to have multiple artists and cultural workers answer the line of questioning aimed at articulating a new construct. Their answers would then be used as a starting point for the polymedia work in which the focus would be on questioning the needs of the participants involved, as well possible models for the self-organised cultural scene in Belgrade.


Take a look behind the scenes: in the LAB, the artists are developing their projects online. Your contributions and comments to the work in progress are welcome!

  • THINKING UP ORGANIZATION MODELS: The project ‘Rehearsal’

    26 May 2016 10:55 by ACTOPOLIS

    Irena Ristić. Marija Piroški © Goethe-Institut, 2016
    23th May, Actopolis Apartment

    Throughout the ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE project, many programs have highlighted both city’s abundance of self-organized initiatives and the unfavorable working conditions in to which independent cultural workers are subject. Irena Ristić – artist, professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and member of the self-organized initiative – has gone a step further.


    18 May 2016 10:35 by ACTOPOLIS

    Irena Ristić, Copyright: Marija Piroški © Goethe-Institut
    Interview with Irena Ristić, Actopolis Belgrade participant


Irena Ristic

Irena Ristic

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Art-maker and researcher mostly focused on cross-disciplinary works and empirical studies in the field of the Psychology of Arts. Leads Hop.La! and works in the Department of Theory of History, FDA Belgrade, as assistant professor.

Irena Ristić graduated in 1992 at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Department of Theatrical Direction. She her postgraduate studies at the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Philosophy and in the Institute for Psychodrama in Belgrade. In 2011 she defended her PhD thesis in the field of the Psychology of Art. Irena Ristić is a researcher and art maker. She has initiated and directed several polymedia works, two experimental films, more than forty theatre productions in city theatres in the region, and a number of significant participatory projects. Her short film Appetite was awarded the prize for the best experimental film in a number of festivals, such as 57th DSFFB. Her main focus includes polymedia works, social experiments and empirical arts research; previous projects are presented in the books Beginning and the end of creative process (2011) and Psychology of creativity (2013). She leads Hop.La! and teaches psychology and psychology of art at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.