On the front page of Martin John Callanan website he describes himself as “an artist researching an individual’s place within systems”. For his project I Wanted to See All of the News From Today Callana examines the systems of news-reporting. To do this, he has taken the front page of hundreds of newspapers from around the world and then displays them as thumbnail-images on a single webpage. Everyday new news happens and everyday the webpage changes. It’s a staggering portrait of world-events and you can view it right here.
Organized in a massive grid, Callana’s project aims to subvert the headlines. While a single newspaper front-page may grab your eye, a mass as large as Callana’s overpowers the tactics of attention-grabbing headlines. The artwork neutralizes the newspaper and Callana transforms it into what he describes as “a regimented gestalt”. In other words, an organized system that is larger then the sum of its parts.
Launched in 2007, the project has amassed over 88,000 viewers and collects the front-pages over 960 newspapers everyday. As well as a website, Callana has also produced prints of the work (pictured above). These images really give you a sense of the scale of the project. Make sure you view ‘all of the news from today’ on the website here.