This is a very clever idea to help facilitate all types of sharing - including your artwork.
Over four years ago, Aram Bartholl installed his first USB drive in a brick wall in New York City. His public art project Dead Drops was designed to create an anonymous, offline file-sharing network in public spaces and see what happened.
If you’re curious as to what people are sharing on Dead Drops, Bartholl told PSFK that there’s a tremendous variety. While he always encourages artists to share their work, you’ll also find things like personal photo albums. “I really liked this downhill sledding video posted by a couple in Switzerland,” Bartholl recalls. “The personal stories and traces left by Dead Drops users are always the most interesting.”
Bartholl started this project during his residency at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in Brooklyn and had no specific expectations for the the project. “I never expected so much attention back then and it was a huge surprise,” he admits. “The project has become popular from time to time in waves, especially after events like the Eric Snowden revelations when the topic of surveillance is top of mind for people.”