The first 5 Dead Drops were installed by Aram Bartholl in NYC, October 2010, all pictures by Aram Bartohll

Aram Bartholl

Dead Drops

‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation and everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favourite files and data. Each ‘Dead Drop’ is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ was initiated by Aram Bartholl during his artist in residence stay at EYEBEAM center for art and technology in New York City, October 2010.

Aram Bartholl has been working in Berlin since 1995. He studied architecture at the University of the Arts UdK Berlin and graduated there in 2001. His art work has been shown worldwide in festivals, galleries and museums such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale, TENT Netherlands, Eyebeam New York, Enemy Gallery Chicago, eARTS Shanghai, NIMK Netherlands Media Art Institute, KAdE Amersfoort, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Skulpturenpark Berlin, Total Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul, FACT Liverpool, Microwave Hong Kong, Weserburg Bremen, LABORAL Spain and the Museum of Modern Art New York among others.