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 1.400 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 databank of the project.

Full documentation / project page :


  • Dead Drops at Palais de Tokyo, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2015
  • Innere Armut, POHLEN, Berlin, 2018
  • Biennale d'art contemporain de Strasbourg, Hotel des Postes, Strasbourg, France, 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
  • Tap To Edit, Renk Rosenblat Alexa, Berlin, 2020
  • A Brief Inquiry Into Empty Space, ZhdK, Zurich, 2020
  • DeadDrops in H4v4n4, El Paquete Semanal, Havana, 2022
  • Asuntos de nuestro espacio, EAC Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, 2023
  • Street 3.0, Osaka Kansai International Art Festival, Osaka, 2023
  • Decoding the Black Box, Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, 2024

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