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As a part of his EYEBEAM residency, Aram Bartholl wanted to create a peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. And what better way to do that than embed USB flash drives into brick walls? The project, "Dead Drops," consists of five offline, anonymous drives where people can plug in their laptops to upload or drop any files they like.

 
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Dead Drops on 87 3rd Ave, Brooklyn (Makerbot)

‘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. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual at deaddrops.com

Project Created: 
October 2010
 

While he was in town for the opening of his current exhibition—Lifecycle, the artist Jeff Soto painted a striking piece on the façade of Chelsea's EYEBEAM, just around the corner from the gallery, at 540 West 21st Street. Many thanks to the fine folks at EYEBEAM for their neighborly support, and the incredible work they do.

 
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