The USB Sticks Hidden in Walls across the World

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26th Jan, 2015

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Five years ago, Berlin-based media artist Aram Bartholl launched a project called ‘Dead Drops‘. I know, I’m a little late in taking notice, but the trouble is, Adam’s project is rather hard to spot and despite having gone global, is in fact, very well hidden– in plain sight…

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‘Dead Drops’ is essentially an anonymous file-sharing network with the use of USB flash drives that have been embedded into walls, buildings and curbs in public a space. Everyone is invited to plug in their laptops and drop or find files on a dead drop USB or indeed install one into a crumbling brick wall in your own city or neighbourhood.

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So five years on, do these things still exist? Conveniently, this past summer, Adam added a Dead Drop database allowing us to find Dead Drop locations and check on their status, updated by the last user as either working/ broken/ stolen/ gone.

From New York to Paris to Vietnam to Dakar, I went through the location database and this project seems very much alive and well. So if you happened to miss it the first time round (understandably), I invite you to find your nearest Dead Drop and pass by with your laptop to see what you find or perhaps share something of your own…

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Pont des Arts, Paris

 

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On the steps of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris 

 

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Hanoi, Vietnam

 

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Marked by a red sticker above it in Cagliari, Italy.

 

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Salzberg, Austria

 

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Folsom, California

 

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Dakar, Senegal

Discover (or re-discover) the Dead Drop Project here and Adam updates new Dead Drops on his Twitter account

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