Gérard Rancinan: Wonderful World

7 Jun 2012 – 24 Jun 2012

Event times

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-7pm. Sunday, Noon-6pm. Closed on Monday.

Cost of entry


Londonewcastle Project Space

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: routes 388, 8, N8 - 1min walk away on Bethnal Green Rd / Car: Redhcurch Street is off Shoreditch High Street, just before the Tea Building
  • Tube: Shoreditch High Street 1min walk; Liverpool Street 8mins walk
  • Train: Shoreditch High Street 1min walk

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The concluding part of this seven-year trilogy will offer attendees the chance to be immortalised as part of the final composition in the series.


The Future Tense in association with Opera Gallery and Londonewcastle is pleased to present Wonderful World — the concluding act in Gérard Rancinan's Trilogy of the Moderns. Situated somewhere between comedy and tragedy, this vivid photographic tableau and accompanying texts paints a picture of a confused humanity, groping blindly in the darkness, obsessed with the cult of celebrity and guided only by an absolute desire for generalised, prescribed happiness. As committed witnesses of the metamorphoses affecting society, photographer, Gérard Rancinan, and writer, Caroline Gaudriault, have engaged in an ongoing dialogue, delivering their dual observations on a generation seeking relentless progress at any cost. Fresh from La Triennale di Milano, Rancinan brings this revolution in three acts to a close, debuting the complete Wonderful World series to the UK public. The exhibition will also offer attendees a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become part of art history by participating in the final Wonderful World composition, which will be shot entirely on-site at the Londonewcastle Project Space. With galleries one and two housing the main exhibition of 15 large format works from Wonderful World, gallery three will feature a purpose-built set and studio, offering a voyeuristic glimpse behind the scenes of a fine art photo shoot. Repeat visits will reveal the organic nature of studio life — part art installation, part film set, part soap opera — as the shoot moves from concept, through production and postproduction, to the climactic unveiling of the finished work at a special reception on Wednesday 20th June. A pop-up store will sell related merchandise including the supporting books. Wonderful World will open to the public at a launch reception from 6.30pm on Thursday 7th June 2012 (part of East London's First Thursday late night art openings) and will remain on view until Sunday 24th June 2012. Details of how to apply to participate in the photo shoot will be posted at www.facebook.com/thefuturetense

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