‘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. Posted February 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    hello Aram,
    we want to help!
    we want to see the project go even higher!
    what is your vision of the near future?
    how can we help to improve the database and the rest?
    share the problems with all of us!
    let’s grow!

  2. MrMinister
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink


    Please add a comment function for the authors of the individual sticks, or try to make a connection between news and the authors… cause the stick in cologne is propably down at least since christmas…
    If its been rebuild since then, a notice would be good, and first of all of course a system to deal with stuff like that.


  3. Emmanuel
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    nice … but WTF???

  4. Pakalawali
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    HAAAA sarko you dont like this !!! yea the french people dont like this

    free no taxxxx no €€€€€€€ gave it free , what you want .

  5. Beatstormz
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    i will put one in Guyane francais 973 yea man ,,,,, fuck the Gouvernement ,,, everything is free , lol