This week it seems everyone on twitter has been talking about the great new project by Aram Bartholl – Dead Drops.
‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public spaces. In other words Bartholl has been “injecting” USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs so that anyone in the public space can access them. So far there are 5 dead drops in NYC that you can go plug your laptop into and share your files. Bartholl wants to encourage participation in the project so has created a ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual that you can check out at www.deaddrops.com.
Despite the obvious problems (viruses, porn etc) this is a great way of bringing together technology, art and information.