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DeadDrops HackDay!!

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DeadDrops HackDay
June 22, 2014, Sunday, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am (save the date!)
at awesome! c-base, Rungestr. 20, Berlin (map)

We will brainstorm, discuss, hack and hang at Spree riverside with bbq and drinks!
Open to everyone, free entrance, drop by any time!

#webstreaming #IRC #beers #sun

Deaddrops started in 2010. People from all over the world have been making more than 1300 deadrops untill today! The project inspired many other DIY offline network projects and since last year after Snowden the site gained again new momentum. It is interesting how this and similar projects are perceived in a different light today. We actually need secure and alternative communication channels since we now know how bad mass surveillance on the Internet is.  You are invited to discuss all these questions with us at the DeadDrops HackDay.

The platform, mobile site and apps etc were developed by a whole bunch of enthusiasts from around the world in the past 4 years. Thx everyone!! :)) Unfortunately the development of came to a halt some time ago but now is the right moment to pick up and take things to the next level. You are invited to join us on June 22 at c-base to brainstorm, discuss and hack for deaddrops. I’m very open to all kind of proposals! It’s not only about USB drives, there is much more waiting out there… Let’s rock!!

Please register at deaddrops at deaddrops com and let me know your interest, skills and field of work. This would help a lot.  In the evening there will be slots to present your spinoff, project and ideas. More info and details coming soon!

thx! :)

PS: Congrats to my friends David and Matthias at for their version 1.0 release and new website! Cool!!



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June 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Fridericianum Drop

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September 2nd, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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Files in the air!

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Wifi Piratebox at my favorite cafe MÖRDER, now in place up and running, waiting for you to check in.

thx @daviddarts!!

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September 7th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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‘Each Memory Recalled Must Do Some Violence To Its Origin’

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Love that show!! :)


‘Each Memory Recalled Must Do Some Violence To Its Origin
Curated by Aaron Moulton
Undisclosed Location

Artists: William Anastasi, Aram Bartholl, Adam Bateman, Mike Bouchet, Roisin Byrne, John Divola, Constant Dullaart, Urs Fischer, Venessa Gromek, Daniel Kingery, John Kleckner, Stefan Lesueur, David Levine, Jan Mancuska, Jason Metcalf, Lucia Nimcova, Jorge Peris, Benja Sachau, Fred Sandback, Robert Smithson, Nedko Solakov, Kasper Sonne, Jared Steffensen, Michael Stevensen, Piotr Uklanski, Ignacio Uriarte, Lawrence Wiener

When the US troops invaded Iraq and dismantled the civil infrastructure, museums were the first to be looted. Several thousand years of cultural property were converted into clumsy panicked seconds of impossible investment. Art is the first thing an affluent culture flaunts and the last thing a desperate society needs. Priceless becomes worthless in a blink, a panic, a dip or a correction.

As a child I used to break into abandoned homes, enter unlived properties within suburbs fresh-built after a tornado, or spelunk in newly laid culverts buried beneath whatever neighborhood we had just moved to. A thin pane of glass and a second guess separates most from opportunity or anarchy. My first Lascaux caves were the cryptic scrawls of hobo graffiti and depraved Satanist vandal chambers deep in the sewer or in that dark place up on the hill. Some of the latter phenomena presumably manifested as a kind of hoax prop or pre-evidence resulting from the frightened belief or desire in the existence of evil — like a legend preceding its actual occurrence.

Utah boasts a prolific number of abandoned towns and places where the ghost was long ago given up. Slowly these locations recalibrate to earth time or are flattened for strip mine development. They are each a snapshot of their own last day turned into an unromantic and brutal forever.

Taking its title from a quote in Cormac McCarthy’s book The Road this exhibition imagines an existence preserved in a photo, the duration of a gesture when time forgets, the mythologically singular experience in the potential discovery, and the shelf-life of art after civilization. It articulates a language of art with decline, abandon and aftermath as its primary condition. Each project employs the aesthetics of the fall through personal mythologies as a new order.

Cult fictions from Jonestown to Zion, an anthropology of graffiti from Lascaux to Hobo, the Alamo of Tony Shafrazi, the gloryhole of Piotr Uklanski, the moneyshot of Lawrence Wiener, the buckshot of Jan Mancuska, the mugshot of Roberto Cuoghi, the curse of Master Mahan, the Unabomber’s hideout, ancient aliens & out-of-place artifacts, the mouthpiece of Geronimo, the gold from Goonies, the sack of Iraq, the rediscovery of Lemuria, the mark of Yahweh, and a shaman’s last stand. Beginning without an end at a ruin undisclosed. Should you find it, walk away and abandon the results.

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September 2nd, 2012 at 5:29 pm

König dEAD dDROP

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I left a DeadDrop w/ some goodies on one of my books at König book shop, dOCUMENTA Kassel. If ur around come and get it :)

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August 4th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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Beautiful WDR 3 ‘Mosaik’ radio (play) piece about Dead Drops by Claudia Friedrich. Thx!!

MP3 here 2012-07-04_mos_3_0702_kunststicks.mp3 (german)



Dead-Drop in Funkhaus-Wand

Mosaik kommt in die Mauer

Der Künstler Wolf Vostell zementierte sein Auto ein und nannte es Ruhender Verkehr. Das war 1969. Vor zwei Jahren machte sich erneut ein Künstler auf den Weg und zementierte einen Alltagsgegenstand ein. Kein Auto, sondern einen USB-Stick. Aram Bartholl pflanzte das digitale Speichermedium in eine Mauerritze in New York. Die Idee stammt aus einer Zeit, in der geheime Nachrichten per Post übermittelt wurden. Menschen, die sich unerkannt Informationen zukommen lassen wollten, nutzten als Medien so genannte Tote Briefkästen, Dead Drops. Das waren kleine Stifte oder Boxen, die sie zum Beispiel in Astlöchern oder Mauerritzen versteckten. Nur Adressat und Empfänger wussten davon. Der Künstler Aram Bartholl verwandelt USB-Sticks in Dead Drops. Diese toten Briefkästen sind alles andere als geheim. Jeder hat Zugang. Er kann Bilder, Texte, Töne drauf laden oder runterladen. Mit diesem Kunstprojekt löste Aram Bartholl eine weltumspannende Bewegung aus.

Reportage von Claudia Friedrich

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July 22nd, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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DVD dead drop at MMI

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I am very pleased to announce a new piece! I ve been working on this with the MMI for a while now and I am very excited it’s shaping up. (THX Jason Eppink!!) As a follow-up project from the Dead Drops piece the DVD dead drop offers a new perspective on filesharing and museum art shows in public space :) In a monthly cycle digital exhibitions and featured content will be accessible through a slot in the wall of the MMI :) (make sure you keep that old machine with a DVD drive!)

DVD dead drop
Permanent installation at MMI Museum of Moving Image, NYC

Made possible by the Harpo Foundation.
Support: Jonas Lund

Opening reception Thursday, August 16, 6:00–8:00 p.m. 2012

HOT – A digital show on DVD
at Museum of Moving Image, NYC
August 16 – September 15, 2012, curated by Aram Bartholl,
more details soon!


Project page DVD Dead Drop


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July 15th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

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[DAM] Drop

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Drop your files at the [DAM] Berlin deaddrop while checking the show !!

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February 7th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

How to make a gallery more social

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1. Drill a hole!
2. Install a DeadDrop!
3. Share more files :)

DeadDrops at ThePaceGallery from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

DeadDrop #644 was installed for the show Social Media” at The Pace Gallery,
510 W 25th St, NYC – 9/16 – 10/15/2011
Participating artists: Christopher Baker, Aram Bartholl, Emilio Chapela, David Byrne, Jonathan Harris, Robert Heinecken, Miranda July & Harrell Fletcher, Sep Kamvar and Penelope Umbrico

Great show! Thx to the team for awesome support!
Aram Bartholl 2011

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September 21st, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Dead Drops on Layar!

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Awesome!! Thanks to Bruce Sterling and his team: Layar coder Menno Bieringa & Layar artist-in-residence Sander Veenhof  “Dead Drops” is officially part of the Layar Augmented Reality browser app.  Like that!! :)
Thx guys! looks awesome! :)

Press release!

Just 119 m to the next Dead Drop “G23” !!

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August 19th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

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