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The DVD Dead Drop Accepts Blank Discs into a Museum's Facade

 - Jan 11, 2014
If you happened to notice the DVD Dead Drop while walking past it, would you stop to think about its purpose? Sliced into the whitewashed walls of the Museum of Moving Image is an inconspicuous slot without an obvious function. I would be surprised if anyone might guess that this opening accepts compact discs.

This is a unique installation in New York by Aram Bartholl that invites passers-by to stick blank DVDs into it. The institution's staff turns them back out once more, having loaded digital art exhibitions onto them.

DVD Dead Drop is a playful and compelling exploration of what it means to share data. The project is related to the artist's Dead Drops piece that consisted of loaded USB drives embedded into brick walls.