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“Dead Drops” – Random flash drives in random buildings

Dead Drops, is project started by Berlin, Germany artist, Aram Bartholl.  Aram’s project involves sticking USB flash drives into walls, buildings, etc. all over New York, where people can access them with their laptops and view the files, data, pictures, music, and so on that other people have left and even leave their own contributions.  The flash drives come standard with a read me file that explains the dead drops project.

I like the unique factor of this artist’s project, and applaud him for trying to bring something trust-based and creative into a world that seems to be dominated by misgivings, crime, and strife.  I question his location for the project – NYC, though.  Sure, NYC is a very artsy, underground city, but there are also a lot more people who would be likely to harm the project, by nature of the city’s giant population.  I would have chosen a college town, myself.

Anyone down for starting up an East Lansing Dead Drops?

Current NYC ‘Dead Drops’ Locations:
87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)
Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)
235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)
Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)
540 West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

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Aarm Bartholl‘s site

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November 10, 2010 Posted by | Inspiration | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lewis Hines

Quite an interesting line of work by quite an interesting man, Lewis Hines (Rest In Peace 1874-1940). Wikipedia informs me that he was an American sociologist and photographer who used his camera as the tool to reform society and bring a change to child labor laws in the good ol U S of A.

Here are some pictures from this Great Person in History who captured people who now live on forever.  Sad, delicate, and soulful.  A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

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August 12, 2010 Posted by | Inspiration | | 2 Comments

Dorothea Lange

Another Great Person in History, Wikipedia informs me that Dorothea (Rest In Peace 1895-1965) was a photojournalist who was best known for her post-depression work with the Farm Security Administration and was a heavy influencer in the line of documentary photographing.

Here are some of her works, including the famous “Migrant Mother.” Take a moment to move beyond your every day life and consider the past, the present, and future; think about what you have and what you should be grateful. Myself included, most of us take life for granted. We all need moments like these to take a second and think about how life can be the biggest inequality of all.

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August 12, 2010 Posted by | Inspiration | | Leave a comment