If you have ever come across a USB flash drive embedded in a wall, chances are it belonged to a member of Dead Drops, a group formed by Berlin media artist Aram Bartholl five years ago. Dead Drops is a file sharing network that has its members embed these drives into walls all over the world, welcoming anyone to hook up their smart devices, share, drop or download files.
Inspired by spies who exchanged items in secret locations, Bartholl’s intention is all about having ‘people think about relations, what we do online every day, and how things have changed over the past 10 years (since 9/11)’.
There are now more than 1,200 Dead Drops located from New York to Vietnam. The biggest file currently resides in Sydney, a 120GB drive installed by a Chinese exchange student ‘hoping to help’.
Via Oddity Central