Dead Drops

public intervention

Dead Drops started in 2010 as an ongoing participatory project at five different public spaces in New York. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings, and curbs and are accessible to anybody. Each dead drop is installed empty except for a readme.txt file explaining the project. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. To date, over 2.100 of these ‘dead letterboxes’ have been set up in dozens of countries all over the world. To install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood, follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures to the online database of the project.

Full documentation / project page :


  • Dead Drops at Palais de Tokyo, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2015
  • Biennale d'art contemporain de Strasbourg, Hotel des Postes, Strasbourg, France, 2018
  • Innere Armut, POHLEN, Berlin, 2018
  • Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry, Coventry, 2019
  • Asuntos De Nuestro Espacio, Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, Buenos Aires, 2019
  • A Ripple in the Data Flow, Pfizer Building, New York, 2020
  • A Brief Inquiry Into Empty Space, ZhdK, Zurich, 2020
  • Tap To Edit, Renk Rosenblat Alexa, Berlin, 2020

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