Guilherme Costa
Stefanie Kleinman


GoogleBooth is a human-powered search engine.

Recurring Concepts in Art

GoogleBooth - Guilherme Pena Costa & Stefanie Kleinman
Connect to your search. Trade instant gratification for investigation.

This piece invites users to reconsider and recontextualize the familiar experience of using an internet search engine. Raising questions of trust, privacy, impatience, addiction, and authority, the piece aims to inspire users to make a more personal, intimate connection to the process of seeking, providing, and discovering information.

GoogleBooth represents the danger of losing sight of the legacy and context of learning in favor of a quick fix. The notion of "searching" for information implies a dynamic process. In a world of immediate answers, the beauty of that process is nearly lost. GoogleBooth aims to recall earlier methods of learning and draw attention to the beauty of participating in a search. The installation serves to encourage people to be more aware and critical of how search engine results are generated and the dangers of becoming too dependent on such technologies.

Everybody is welcome and encouraged to use our GoogleBooth. The success of the booth depends on people participating and using the booth both to receive and provide answers to search questions. Allowing many users to take time to explore their search, investigate the questions they have, offer advice and insights, and spend time inside the booth is crucial to the concept of the booth.

User Scenario
To Use GoogleBooth:

1. Write Your Search Query On a GoogleBooth Search Card

2. Drop Your Search Card in the "Search" Slot on the front of the GoogleBooth

3. Wait to receive the results to your search. You will receive the card back through the "Results" slot. It may take seconds or hours.

4. After you receive your results, please feel free to go inside GoogleBooth to explore.

Google Booth is an interactive installation made of wood, vinyl stickers, index cards, encyclopedia pages, book pages, and article clippings. Inside the booth, we have installed a light and several wood shelves as well.

We enjoyed this project, as we learned a lot about the reasons people search for information and the types of information they search for. We enjoy encouraging people to use the booth and explore the interior, as the experience is unique for all users. We had fun creating a special and educational environment that is simultaneously similar and very different from the experience of an online Google search. We intentionally chose a popular and widely used technology for this project so that people would immediately be able to identify with it and be interested in exploring it.