‘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. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures.

I  am a Berlin based media artist and started  the ‘Dead Drops’ project during my stay in NYC at EYEBEAM as artist in residence, October 2010. Dead Drops was part of the show “Talk to Me” at the MoMA  July-Nov 2011.

Aram Bartholl 2010

Dead Drops ‘How to’ video

The first 5 Dead Drops were installed by Aram Bartholl in NYC, Oct. 2010.

Prefer Youtube? Get the video here youtube.com/watch?v=hwohadcUv4A

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

87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)
Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)
235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)
Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)
540 West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

Dead Drops picture set on flickr

Dead Drops picture set on flickr


  1. LawlzAbiding
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Will be implementing an 8gb dead drop in Lake Tahoe, California within 2 months from todays date. (2/28/2012)

  2. iHATE
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    i dont know if i told you,you people have too much free time and too much money..
    whats wrong with ya :@ !

    • Tix
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:46 am | Permalink

      You have so much free time to post here. :D
      A pocket of cigarettes are 3-4€ daily, a 1-Gig USB-Stick on Ebay is 2-3€…
      Any questions?

  3. joe
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    this is the nerd equivalent of glory holes