Anonymous Sharing Project Cements USB Drives Into Random New York City Walls

In one of the neatest news tidbits we've heard in awhile, Aram Bartholl and EYEBEAM have created "Dead Drops" around New York City, by installing USB flash drives in random walls, poles and curbs throughout the city and encouraging people to hook up their computers and upload or download to their hearts content.

In one of the neatest news tidbits we’ve heard in awhile, Aram Bartholl and EYEBEAM have created “Dead Drops” around New York City, by installing USB flash drives in random walls, poles and curbs throughout the city and encouraging people to hook up their computers and upload or download to their hearts content.

Aram writes about the project on his blog:

“I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’, a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks. ‘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 accessible 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 favorite files and data. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon! Stay tuned.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Wikipedia defines “Dead drop” as “a location used to secretly pass items between two people, without requiring them to meet.” However, Aram’s project opens up the secret dead drop location to everyone in the city. It’s bringing social media to the streets, allowing people to share media with each other in one of the coolest ways I’ve ever heard of.

If I was in New York I’d be on this like white on rice, running to the nearest drop box to see what gems people had uploaded. Photos? Music? Writing? Who knows! If you’re in NY then head to one of the following drop spots and let me know what you find there!

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)