Linking Information & Architecture

“dead drops” is a project initiated by the (ex. NY, now Berlin-based) artist Aram Bartholl:

“Un-cloud your files in cement!”

‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures.

The idea is somewhat intriguing, and has a certain subversive element to it.
In addition, it made me think of the relationship between information, -society and architecture. (information-society, social architecture, information-architecture … you get the picture) Integrating data into existing buildings poses the question of how future architecture could embrace the concept of an “integrated public data space”?

It strikes me as a crossover between the good ‘ole “dead letterbox“, graffity and internet.

The term “cloud computing” comes to mind, but was meant originally in a different way …

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