My Google Search History

Book My Google Search History, Chapter October 2010: Uncertainty Space Time
Book My Google Search History, Chapter October 2010: Uncertainty Space Time

My Google Search History

Our digital lives are leaving more and more traces of our activity. Each moment spent online is guided not only by information on websites but also by search engines, and each search leaves a small invisible trace on the Internet, like a useless gesture.

Day after day, we repeat this practice: the same gestures, the same reflexes, the same habits. These repetitions create the invisible tracks of each individual’s online itinerary. So we ask ourselves: Since the beginning of the Internet, how much time have we spent in front of the glowing screen? How many times have we loaded Google’s homepage? And on this page, left virtually unchanged for years, how many searches have we done? All those swallowed bytes are difficult to qualify on a human scale. Yet some online players, such as Google, very quickly understood the value of each one’s personal itinerary. And that the sum total of searches using their engine says just as much about all of us as about each one of us.

In 2006, Google launched the Web Search History function and began saving users’ search criteria. Since that very first day, Albertine Meunier has been scrupulously compiling her Google searches and publishing them online. More than ten years later, Albertine’s successive searches tell a story—not just her own, but also the story of the Web.

My Google Search History, there is also all searches from 2006 through a very long list.


Volume 2, Printed in November 2016
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Volume 1, Printed in May 2011
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Before the book, there is also...
My Google Search History to see and listen with videos and sounds.



2016 – Albertine Meunier

Materials

Paper Book


Dimension

21 cm x 14 cm x 2 cm


Fabrication

Searches on Google, Extraction from Google Search History (history.google.com)

Tome 2 - Editions Matière Primaire
Tome 1 - Editions L'air de Rien



Exhibitions



Technical note

Couch
Little table
Book My Google Search History

For the exhibition, the book is simply placed on a small table, suggesting a comfortable reading.

Schematic diagram
Schematic diagram
Incertitude Espace Temps, chapter October 2010
Incertitude Espace Temps, chapter October 2010
Movie directed by Claudia Marschal for the exhibition Terra Data at la Cité des Sciences, Paris
Reading by albertine meunier of the first searches stored by Google / Recorded during a filming of Thibaut Seve / Pictures by Jean Jacques Mrejen
Volume 1 Front page
Volume 1 Front page
Signed Sample #13
Signed Sample #13

Restauration

Volume 1: Edited book "a certain amount of needed books of which 50 numbered and signed"

Searches are stored by Google on Google Search History and are copied to a large list inventory (txt format).