GWEI – Google will eat itself – is a conceptual piece of art attempting to analyse and eventually (in some million years) deactive through tactics of discretisation and self-referentiality the strategies used by the major (.. and simply best) search machine Google. The project specifically addresses Google’s tendencies to collect and synthesize user data information to create an allover strategy for consumer directives (less neutral also addressable as a form of control).
Übermorgen, the initiator of this this smart project attempting to use the nets own weakness of self-referentiality describe in their own text Google as a unique and kind of alarming phenomenon: it’s the only internet subject, which knows how to gain the approval on a determined online content with a basis of calculus algorithms and ranking strategies developed in compliance with totally autonomous criteria.
In an interview at digimag the two members of Übermorgen, Hans Bernhard, founder of etoy, and Lizvlx, explain the concept and strategies they use for their ideas and as well their targeting … or see the transmediale 06 presentation via google video (!).
|GWEI – The name of the project itself explains everything in a practical way: if Google seems to be invincible and too big to be defeated the only way to stop it is to exploit its dynamics until it eat itself buying quotes of its shares (managed by the GTTP Ltd. [Google To The People|
| Public Company]) with the money earned by its online advertising. This project is a conceptual work of art, which were created to induce everyone to a deeper reflection on trick hidden in the pixels of one of the most widely-spread in the real world virtual subject.
excerpt from the interview: