Christina Niederberger in conversation with Chris Moock



30th January 2017 / 4.30 / Heatherley’s School of Fine Art / Chelsea


In his essay “Aporias of Modern Aesthetics” (1990) Peter Bürger writes: “A garden gnome is no longer a garden gnome. This is the dilemma facing contemporary art, that is circumscribed by the unhappy concept of post-modernity.”

This talk between Chris Moock and Christina Niederberger focuses on kitsch and explores artistic tropes such as tradition, style, taste, innovation and the authentic in postmodern conditions in which art can no longer be characterized by some inherent features as the same object can be both art and non-art, depending on where it is encountered.

Between 2003 and 2008 Niederberger completed her practice-led PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In her research she discussed the concept of kitsch in relation to modern and postmodern narratives and examined its potential relevance for artists working today. This talk will elaborate some of the key issues of her written thesis with a particular focus on their implications for an artistic practice in contemporary conditions.

Christina Niederberger ( was born in Bern, Switzerland. In 1992 she moved to London to train as an artist. Her artistic practice takes the form of painting. She studied at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art (Foundation: 1992-93), Byam Shaw School of Art (BA: 1993-96) and Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA: 2001-02; practice-led PhD: 2003-08). She works as a visiting tutor and lecturer and has a studio in south London.