‘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

Better browsing on full size window map here!

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. DolorsBCN
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Great idea! Excellent proposal!
    Is there any ‘Dead Drop’ in Barcelona?
    Is there any way to localize ‘Dead Drops’ nearby, wherever anyone is living, travelling,…? (geolocalization)

    Felicitats! Una idea genial!

    • Laura Catalonia
      Posted February 8, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      A mi també m’agradaria saber on hi ha ‘Dead Drops’ a Catalunya!
      I would also know if there are any ‘Dead Drop’ in Catalonia!

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  3. FH
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Wer kann denn so blöd sein, einen fremden USB-Stick, der “auf der Straße liegt” in seinen Laptop zu stöpseln? Noch einfacher kann man es Hackern wohl nicht machen!

  4. Pit65
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    La DD du capitole a disparu! :-( Faut en mettre une autre! Je pense en placer une prochainement dans Toulouse. J’adore le concept!

  5. Beatstormz cayenne !
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    ahhh yea , something real good !!!