Technology artist Aram Bartholl is changing the way files are shared in the public sphere. His new project, “Dead Drops,” features five USB flash drives cemented into public spaces.
At the Empire Fulton Ferry Park, the drive is cemented into the waterfront steps. In Union Square it is attached to a pole close to the platform floor. The anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file sharing drives are currently installed in five NYC locations: 87 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn, NY; Empire Fulton Ferry Park in Brooklyn, NY; 235 Bowery in Manhattan; the Union Square Subway Station; and West 21st Street.
Users simply plug their laptop into the wall, pole, or step, to share a file or find a new one. Each of the files is dated and accompanied by a readme .txt file explaining the contents of the work.
The project is part of Bartholl’s ongoing series with EYEBEAM in NYC. On the EYEBEAM website it explains Bartholl’s work, saying: “In his series of physical objects recreated from digital space and a series of light installations he questions the technology driven society and the tension of public on- and offline space. Workshops interventions and performances in public play a central role in his interest to create offline social platforms and situations to discuss day to day life in the era of Google, Facebook, Twitter and co.”
Something to check out. For pictures of the project and details on the locations of the drives check out the EYEBEAM website. Link is below.