‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the “how to” instructions and submit the location and pictures.
Aram Bartholl has also developed this into an exhibition piece for MoMA in New York.
Whilst writing up my Time Sketches work I realised I never put it up for download anywhere.
Now I have and you can download an OS X version of Time Smear and play with it in the comfort of your very own home. If you want to change the settings, use the top three rows of keys on your keyboard (i.e., 1-9, QWERTY… and ASDF…). There are no other instructions, it might break, it might not work at all and the only way to save an image is to make a screenshot (the piece was all about the interaction not the image really. Just play around and see.
I haven’t made a PC version because I don’t have a licence for the Windows version of the Xtra it uses. Someday (read: probably never) I might do a Processing version of it.
If you haven’t already explored the background behind Troika’s cloud for BA’s Terminal 5 – “a five meter long digital sculpture whose surface is covered with 4638 flip-dots that can be individually addressed by a computer to animate the entire skin of the sculpture” – Pixelsumo has got the goods and also images of the Processing pattern mock-up tool.