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Dead drops are described by its creator as, “An anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.” The concept is simple; take a usb drive and cement it into a wall or other public structure for people to share their art, concepts, ideas and really anything they choose. It’s a combination of local sharing and technology that has a uniqueness all it’s own.
Dead drops started out as an art project created by Berlin based media artist, Aram Bartholl. The first five were scattered throughout New York City by Bartholl himself in 2010. Since, many other dead drops have popped up in New York City, but it doesn’t stop there!
As of now there are a recorded number of 1,422 dead drops all around the world. That number may not be completely accurate though, it could be less, it could be more. Sometimes usb drives can be broken or removed from spots. Sometimes people install dead drops without recording it. So, while this number probably isn’t 100% accurate, it’s close. That’s what the database is used for, constantly updating new locations and the status of each.
Before installing your dead drop into the wall, clear the usb drive except for a readme.txt file explaining how the project works. Anyone can install a dead drop, it’s actually encouraged! Don’t forget to take a picture of the location and submit it to the dead drops site.
Have you ever seen a dead drop? Have you ever plugged into one? Let us know what you found!