Keeper of our collective consciousness (2014)

2014

 


 

keeper of our collective consciousness, 2014
i need to understand myself
by memo akten & google search engine
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I itunes
I want one of those
I am learning
I see fire
I feel good
I feel love
I feel tired all the time
I feel love donna summer
I feel like killing myself
I feel like a failure
I feel like buddy holly
I feel like a woman
I feel like a monster
I want one of those
I want that dress
I want to break free
I want you back
I want a baby
I want a boyfriend
I want a hippopotamus for christmas
I want a door
I want to break free
I want to know what love is
I want to marry harry
I want to lose weight
I want to live in america
I want to look like that guy
I want to lose a stone
I want to leave my job
I want to learn
I want to leave university
I want to leave teaching
I want to understand
I want to understand football
I want to understand you
I want to understand everything
I want to get pregnant
I want to get married
I want to get away
I want to get married islam
I want to get a mortgage
I want to get away from it all
I want to get a tattoo
I want to be rich
I want to be skinny
I want to be famous
I want to be like you
I want to become a nurse
I want to become a teacher
I want to become self-employed
I want to become a doctor
I want to become a model
I want to become buddhist
I want to become businessmen
I want to become british citizen
I want to become beautiful
I want to become better
I want to become better at math
I want to become better at math so that I
I want to become better person
I need a hero
I need your love
I need a doctor
I need a dollar
I need a job
I need to lose weight
I need to talk to someone
I need to urinate frequently
I need to unplug
I need to unlock my iphone 4
I need to update my browser
I need to understand
I need to understand myself
I need to understand myself

 


2016

keeper of our collective consciousness, 2016
i need goals to lead my life
by memo akten & google search engine
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i love you
i player
i took a pill in ibiza
i am learning
i offer
i feel for you
i feel like pablo
i feel good
i feel so alone
i feel love
i feel like a monster
i feel like a woman
i feel like a failure
i feel like dying
i want you
i want to break free
i want you back
i want that trend
i want one of those
i want a baby
i want a boyfriend
i want a door
i want a divorce
i want a dog
i want to believe
i want to believe poster
i want to run away
i want to lose weight
i want to live
i want to leave
i want to leave my husband
i want to live in america
i want to unlock my iphone
i want to upgrade my phone early
i want to update my whatsapp
i want to update my tomtom
i want to unlock my iphone 5
i want to undress you
i want to understand
i want to understand myself
i want to understand you
i want to understand politics
i want to get away
i want to get married
i want to get pregnant
i want to get high
i want to get freaky with you
i want to get a divorce
i want to get a mortgage
i want to get away from my life
i want to get a dog
i want to be alone
i want to be with you
i want to be free
i want to be rich
i want to be like you
i want to become a teacher
i want to become a nurse
i want to become a model
i want to become a doctor
i want to become a millionaire
i want to become buddhist
i want to become bulimic
i want to become british citizen
i want to become beautiful
i want to become billionaire
i want to become better at math
i want to become better friends with someone
i want to become better person
i want to become better at drawing
i want to be better
i need a hero
i need you
i need your love
i need a job
i need a forest fire
i need a doctor
i need a dollar
i need to lose weight
i need to know now
i need to lose weight fast
i need to know
i need to pee
i need to update my passport
i need to use the bathroom
i need to unlock my iphone 5
i need to use your imagination
i need to understand
i need to understand myself
i need to understand english
i need to understand football
i need to understand the bible
i need someone to understand my ups and downs
why do i need to understand my sexuality
i understand i need goals to lead my life
i need goals to lead my life

I wrote a poem. It’s a collaboration with Google. Not people working at Google, but actual Google, the search engine. And it’s actually more a collection of prayers. We have a very intimate connection with the cloud. We confide in it. We confess to it. We appeal to it. We share secrets with it, secrets that we wouldn’t share with our family or closest friends. And Google is the Keeper of our collective consciousness. It sees everything we see, knows everything we know, feels everything we feel.


“The more tremendous the divinity is represented, the more tame and submissive do men become to his ministers; and the more unaccountable the measures of acceptance required by him, the more necessary does it become to abandon our natural reason, and yield to their ghostly guidance and direction.”

– David Hume, “The Natural History of Religion”, 1757

Man invented god to inflict fear, control and power. It was ancient religions that imposed omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent powers watching over us, judging us, protecting us. Those were myths fabricated to control the masses. Today, as our societies lose spiritual sensibilities, we are drowning ourselves in a break-neck race of materialism and technological submission. So The Overseer too is adapting, co-evolving. As its metaphysical traits crumble and become obsolete, the gaps are filled and substituted with new traits — physical, material, digital traits — to match our physical, material, digital lifestyles. We don’t fear the Old Gods anymore, they cannot protect or control us, so we need new ones. We have killed God, as Nietzsche says. But we are rebuilding Him, with Technology, to match our techno-culture. The myth is becoming real. We’re edging closer and closer to an authentic man-made deity. Living up in The Cloud, of all places. Watching over us, listening to our thoughts and dreams in ones and zeros.

A digital god for a digital culture.

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