‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’

This idea of creating a ‘Dead Drop’ for anything to put their files is an amazing way to see work and get your own work out there. Not only does it allow for others to view your work (which, for students, is ideal), but it also allows people to view others work. This idea is very similar to the way we (on the photography course) are using our blogs. We can upload our own work to our blog for others to view, and we can also go on each others blogs to view the work they are making.

This new way of sharing allows people to get ideas and inspiration from complete strangers. An interesting aspect of this idea is that it’s made fun by having the ‘Dead Drops’ in strange and random places. This adds an aspect of fun to the whole scheme. People can look out for ‘Dead Drops’ rather than having a point to go like a phone box.

RELEVANCE TO ME:

Although the idea of this is really interesting, there is another reason why I chose these images from the wide selection we were given. If you’ve been following my blog (or can just scroll down), you will have seen that at the moment my main line of work is revolving about photo manipulation and i am creating images which have an element of surrealism about them. The images that were born out of this idea are quite surreal to look at before you know what the scheme is about. On first glance, this could be a photo manipulation.

The following images are from:

http://www.flickr.com

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