Christine Böhler is head of department and Senior Scientist at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, developing the study programme Cross-Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Arts, Science, Philosophy and Global Challenges which has been implemented in 2017 at the Institute of Arts and Society.
Working as a curator, coach, writer and producer, Christine was one of the main developers of ERSTE Foundation, founding director of the culture programme of ERSTE Foundation and former CEO of Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation. She has set up internationally acclaimed funding systems for arts and culture, initiating and realizing many exhibition and publication projects, developing lasting partnerships, art awards, residencies and university programmes. She was Director of Development at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), working in this role to develop international museum projects as well as rework the organizational and strategic setup of TBA21.
After living and working in Madrid, New York, Los Angeles and Hawaii Christine directed the reading and exhibition programme in the Literaturhaus Vienna. As founder and chairwoman of Literatur + Medien she curated various international festivals focusing on arts and literature in public space and developed Lichtzeile, an LED line in public space, publishing over 150 writers from 1993 to 2016.
Christine has worked on a research assignment for the Federal Ministry of Sciences and Transport with a focus on “Cultural Studies”; associated with the publication of the book Literatur im Netz. Projekte, Hintergründe, Strukturen und Verlage im Internet, Triton, Vienna, 2001. In addition, she wrote for the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard (1999 to 2003) and gave classes at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn on cross-cultural topics.
Christine Böhler studied Comparative Literature and Romance Studies in Vienna and Madrid.