A groundbreaking new project has created the first offline peer-to-peer file-sharing network – by cementing USB sticks into buildings. These Bizarre USB Sticks embedded on walls are the bomb diggity!
The initiative, known as Dead Drops, is the creation of architect and artist Aram Bartholl. According to wikipedia, A USB dead drop is a USB device installed in a public space. Like, a USB flash drive mounted in an outdoor brick wall and fixed in place with fast concrete. The artist himself, Aram Bartholl, has been working on a number of projects that take digital moments into real space and real life for the last few years – and Dead Drops has stemmed from them.
One of the USB sticks that has been cemented into was on a wall in New York. Mr Bartholl, aged 37, has ‘injected’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in five spots across New York, with each dead drop containing a readme.txt file explaining the project.
People will then be free to upload or download whatever files they want when they pass.
It’s a development of different projects I have worked on, where I delve into and try to get between this intersection of online life and offline life. It’s all about dealing with the question of how digital innovation of the internet through the last decade influences every day life. States and companies collect data online, everything is connected. We are all connected by Facebook and social networking. I like to convert this by making the digital meet-up an offline event again. You plug your laptop into a city, into the building and this electric device becomes part of the building.’
HOW COOL IS THAT?!
Now, these dead drops are everywhere!