Secret NYC File Sharing Network Created With USB Drives Embedded In Public Places

An artist transforms the virtual task of file sharing into a place based experience.

Current Eyebeam resident artist Aram Bartholl has launched a new project called ‘Dead Drops‘ He has installed a series of USB flash drives into publicly accessible building walls in order to create an anonymous peer to peer file sharing network that exists in physical space.


Anyone can visit the locations, plug in their laptop and share an upload to the drive or find files left by others. Each of the drives will contain a readme.txt file written by Bartholl explaining the project. So far there are five locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn where Dead Drops have been installed.

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)
West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)


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