Christiane is a bilingual, creative hybrid. Part art/creative director, part filmmaker, part writer, part producer. She has lived and worked in Hamburg, London, New York, Berlin, San Francisco, Thiruvananthapuram (capital of Kerala in the south of India that is) and travelled to many other cities on all continents.
She shot her first documentary on Super-8 in the Great Indian Desert of Rajasthan. The film 'The Bishnois - Be Fruitful and Multiply' was screened at film festivals in Madrid, Teheran and Czechoslovakia. At the same time, Christiane studied graphic design and film at Central Saint Martins, College of Art and Design in London and freelanced in advertising agencies like Jung von Matt and Wieden&Kennedy. During her career, she has collaborated full-time and freelance at agencies like TBWA and Facebook's Creative Shop and enjoys projects outside her comfort zone.
She prefers coffee over tea, real conversation over small talk, oceans over mountains. Yet she can also be enthusiastic about a spicy tea, a silly story or a splendid hike. Despite Germans’ stiffish reputation, she's convinced that one can never laugh enough. Freedom lures her to continuously open to all that life has to offer.
S P E C I A L I T I E S
• Provides ideas and solutions for lifestyle and social issues in ever-changing environments – especially within the advertising and tech industry • Creates viewer enchantment and inspires engagement • Manages projects and cross-functional teams • Supports conceptual, strategic approaches in creating cohesive and visual strategies • Fosters collaborative efforts among big or small brands and not-for-profit partnerships • Generates narratives and integrated media to showcase services and products • Mentors students • Leads workshops
E X P E R I E N C E
2011 – present
HAMBURG | BERLIN | SAN FRANCISCO
Freelance art director & director | Embracing the World, African Bikers, Thjnk, Jung von Matt, Facebook Creative Shop
2009 – 2011
Full-time art director | TBWA
2005 – 2009
INDIA | HAMBURG | BERLIN
Documentary and commercial director and freelance art director | AmritaTV.com, Embracing the World, CZAR.de, TBWA\worldwide
2002 – 2005
BERLIN | INDIA
Commercial director | Kadar Film, Embracing the World
1996 – 2002
HAMBURG | AMSTERDAM | NEW YORK
Freelance and full-time art director | Jung von Matt, Springer & Jacoby, Scholz & Friends, BüroX, Wieden & Kennedy, Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, Art Directors Club, Berlin Cameron & Partners
work and shooting experience in:
USA, UK, India, Laos, Cambodia, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Germany
E D U C A T I O N
College ‘Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design’, Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in graphic design/film