Monday, November 1, 2010

You wish you were a spy.

And that's okay. Aram Bartholl wants you to feel like a spy with his new project, "Dead Drops". Named after the spy technique of  the "dead drop" , the idea is simple: USB thumbdrives grouted into the sides of brick buildings throughout a city. Anyone can upload or download their contents. Have a song you want people to listen to? Some photographs or art to show off? Upload it to a dead drop. At the time of writing there are 5 in NYC only, but who knows how big this could get.

Sounds like a cool idea, but how many people are just gonna a) delete the files, b)fill it with copies of goatse or other malicious content, or c) steal the thumbdrive and sell it for crack?

We've seen instances where this kind of information availability can bring out the best in people, and also the worst. Time will tell if Aram's project will take off.

Aram Bartholl's "Dead Drops"


  1. LOL I wonder how long it will take until someone starts spamming those drives with pr0n.

    My guess is... it already happened

  2. Ha, You know exactly whats going to happen..

  3. It could only happen in big cities like NYC. Hell i don't know if would work in LA.