Christiane Berndes is Curator and Head of Collections of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Among her recent projects are: ‘The Way Beyond Art’ and ‘The Collection Now’, collection presentations including commissions and experimental mediation projects (2013-today); ‘Play Van Abbe’, a two-year programme centred on the museum’s collection, and including exhibitions, commissions, projects, lectures, publications and a symposium (2009-2011); and ‘Plug In; Re-imagining the Collection’, a series of 54 small presentations involving several guest curators (2006-2009). As a member of the steering committee of the SBMK (Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art) from 2000 until 2014, Berndes was involved in several research projects concerning the conservation and re-installation of video art, performance and installation art. She studied Art at Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht and Art History at Utrecht University.