This week's selection comes to us via Building the Perfect Beast. Dead Drop is an offline file sharing network created by Aram Bartholl during his residency at Eyebeam in October, 2010. The street level guerrilla nature of this form of sharing and communicating is appealing. I see a whole sci fi analog to the project, one in which a wormhole onto a plane of virtual space(information) can be accessed by the enlightened on an otherwise unremarkable streetscape.
I am given pause, however, when I consider the prospect of laying bare one's USB port to any cyber sailor looking to dip his wick or some nefarious goodfornothing out for a cheap thrill who could, intentionally or not, give your computer scabies.
On the other hand, as the Bad Idea Jeans commercial says, "....But then I thought, when am I going to make it back to Haiti."
Dead Drops 'How to' - NYC from aram bartholl on Vimeo.