In order to review the project applications, the consortium worked with a team of 20 evaluators (7 music, 5 architecture, 4 cultural heritage and 4 literary translation). The evaluators were selected based on their expertise on the different sectors and willigness to collaborate with the i-Portunus project.
The evaluators agreed not to disclosed any information of a confidential nature obtained by reason of their collaboration in the assignment and confrmed they do not have any conflict of interest related to the assignment.
Here below a short bio of evaluators who agreed to disclose their name.
Lubava Illyenko was born in Komsomolsk-na-Amure, Russia. From 2006 she studied Fine Arts History and Theory in Kiev National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Ukraine. She worked in Ukraine as a curator in Kiev Fashion Park. The first Ukrainian park of modern sculpture and installation, and as the assistant of the curator in Izolyatsia. Platform of Cultural Initiatives. Since 2018 Lubava Illyenko is a graduate student in Art History at the University of Augsburg and is currently working on her PhD thesis on the monumental art of the Soviet Ukraine. She also runs the open online archive of the Soviet mosaics on the territory of Ukraine www.sovietmosaicsinukraine.org. Her scholarship addresses the themes related to the monumental heritage of the Soviet epoch in Ukraine: the art of mosaics and political statuary. As a freelanced art historian, based in Germany, she also conducts provenance researches for German art market of modern and contemporary art.
Dimitra Kanellopoulou is an architect-engineer (National Technical University of Athens) with a master’s degree in urban planning (AMUR, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées) and a Ph.D in human geography (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). Since 2019 she holds the position of Assistant Professor at the ENSAPM School of Architecture in Paris. Her research focuses on urban walking, public space and soft mobility issues applied to spatial planning using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her teaching experience includes topics of urban planning theory, planning regulation/practice and fieldwork methodology. She is a member of the Research Laboratory LIAT at the ENSAPM and an associate member at the UMR 8504 Géographie-cités in Paris. Her PhD thesis (2015) focused on the public space planning policies and urban practices in the historical center of Athens (Greece). In 2018, she created Politopia I walking cities (www.politopia.eu), a consulting firm specialised in issues related to walkability and public space design.
Aparicio / Eeraerts is a multidisciplinary practice based in Belgium, founded by Roberto Aparicio Ronda and Elise Eeraerts in 2012. Mainly focussing on the relation between art and architecture, the studio researches the spatial qualities caused by different methodologies and conceptualizations in both disciplines.
Séverine Cachat holds a MA in Philosophy and Modern Literature, and a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology. After 10 years of projects and research focusing on heritagization processes, mainly in the Indian Ocean region, she has set up and headed for another 10 years (2011-2020) the French Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage, a branch office of the Maison des Cultures du Monde of which she has been the director from 2017 to February 2021 (Paris and Vitré, France), implementing a wide range of cultural, scientific, documentary and educational activities with a diversity of partners at various scales (local, national, regional, international) including the « Festival de l’Imaginaire » (traditional performing arts). Séverine Cachat has founded and chief edited (2012-2021) Les Cahiers du CFPCI, an online revue sharing experiences and analysis on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) politics. She is an expert member of the “Committee for ethnological and intangible heritage”, the national consultative body for ICH politics in France, since 2011, and has been a member of the scientific advisory board (2017-2019) of the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM). Séverine Cachat was trained (2017) as a UNESCO ICH facilitator at the Regional Center for the Safeguarding of ICH in Eastern Europe (Sofia, Bulgaria), since then participating in various capacity building workshops. She has provided expertise for several projects including an overview of ICH for Europaid "Support Program for the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Heritage in Algeria". Séverine Cachat has lectured at Rennes 2 University (2012-2020), Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle University (2013-2020) and Clermont-Auvergne University (2018-onward).
Lisa Jeschke has a PhD in English Literature and a practice-based MA in Literary Translation. She currently divides her time between a position as Research Assistant at Stiftung Lyrik Kabinett, Munich, and work as a freelance translator, primarily for Gegensatz Translation Collective, Berlin. Her work as a translator (EN>GER; GER>EN) has focused on academic papers in the humanities and articles for cultural and political institutions, as well as poetry.
Arndt Weidler studied sociology, political sciences and social psychology and graduated at the University Mannheim. One of his major studies examined the different expectations of a blues and jazz audience before and during their visit to a concert. In addition to his studies at university, he worked as a roadie for American blues bands, then founded his own music agency and organized club concerts and festivals between blues, jazz and gospel music. Since 1998 Arndt Weidler is employed as a project manager at the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, a cultural institution of the City of Sciences Darmstadt and Europe's largest public archive on jazz music. Among many other ongoing engagements as a consultant and juror, i.e. for various German State Ministries and the Goethe-Institut, Arndt Weidler was chairman of the association German Jazz Meeting (2005-2011) and member of the national jury for the “German Club Award” (2014-2017). Since 2020 he is also a member of the advisory board of the newly created "Deutscher Jazzpreis", for which he was called by the German Federal Minister of State for Culture and the Media.
Ulrich Morgenstern was born in Gießen, Germany (1964), and from 1986 to 1993 studied Systematic Musicology, East Slavic Studies and History at the University of Hamburg. In 2003 he gained a PhD in Systematic Musicology, gaining a further post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) in Systematic musicology at the same University in 2011. He has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Frankfurt a.M. (2009–2011) and Cologne (2012), and in 2012 was appointed Professor of History and Theory of Folk Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. His specialist areas of research are: European folk music and folk musical instruments with a special focus on Russia; multipart instrumental music; European history of folk music research and music anthropology, performer-centred research; revival movements and contemporary folk music scenes in Russia, Germany, and Austria; folk music research, ethnomusicology, and political ideologies. Fieldwork since 1989 has included: European Russia, Belarus, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Romania, Turkey, and Georgia. He is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music (Chair of the Study Group on Music and Dance of the Slavic World), European Seminar for Ethnomusicology, and the Galpin Society.
Ramuntcho Matta is an artist who work with sounds, visuals, narrative and situations. He had collaborations with Brion Gysin, Don Cherry and Chris Marker. He teaches doubt and intention. He has created Lizieres, an institution near Paris.
Sergio Zinna is the artistic director of Zo centro culture contemporanee, in Catania, in the south of Italy. Sergio Zinna's professional activity is entirely oriented in the context of contemporary artistic and cultural multidisciplinarity, a rare feature in the Italian panorama.For 24 years he has been working as project manager and artistic director of multidisciplinary structures and festivals. He began his career in 1992, after completing his studies at DAMS in Bologna, as one of the founders of the Link Cultural Center in Bologna, the first multimedia structure experiment in Italy. Since then, all his professional activity has consistently followed this path. Since 1997 he has been responsible for the conception and implementation of the business project "Zo center of contemporary cultures" starting with the conversion of a former sulfur factory, part of the "Le Ciminiere" industrial archeology complex. The entrepreneurial strategy envisaged the creation of a place for the promotion and dissemination of live performing arts, in a multidisciplinary logic in line with current European cultural trends.The business model created is based on the annual programming of contemporary arts events with a high professional profile, outside the commercial logic, in order to respond to a question from a part of the Catania and regional public not satisfied with the offers present. The strategy is based on collaboration with local associations, in the logic of co-working, the enhancement of team work, the design of cross-cutting paths also with public and higher education institutions. His specific expertise ranges in all disciplines of live entertainment, but favors musical disciplines, from electronic and neoclassical music to jazz, from world music to traditional music. Thanks to a reliable and quality work, the entrepreneur has led the Zo center to be recognized by Mibac as the only "multidisciplinary programming body", to be accredited by regional bodies for music and theater activities and to access further funding through public tenders linked to the realization of live performances, culture and social innovation.