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USB Dead Drops in The Wall


“Dead Drops.” project by Aram Bartholl. He embedded five USB drives into walls, curbs, and buildings around New York, and invited people to download from or upload content to them.

I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon!

Check out Bartholl’s Flickr page for more pics.




November 1st, 2010  Posted in Architecture, Electronics, Outdoor

2 Responses to “USB Dead Drops in The Wall

  • A person  on November 1st, 2010

    The idea is good and interesting, but the question of security comes to mind. I am betting someone would try to take advantage of these types of setups, and could do so extremely easy.

  • shadowdarkmonster  on March 26th, 2011

    its a good idea like @a person say but for other people its a bad idea cause of hacker (black hat), they can put virus and stole information of someone or hack someone pc and i hear that laptop can get virus more easily then a desktop and if its true then it would be a big problem

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