Pilot Experiment

The legend of Costa da Morte (Coast of the Death)

"Although several hypotheses have been considered to explain the origin of the dreary nickname of Costa da Morte, the truth is that the first documented appearance refers to a Galician publication: the newspaper El Noroeste from A Coruña. Journalism baptism occurred in January 1904, with some shipwrecks in a short period of time: the English steamer Kenmore, sunk in front of the beach of Traba, the Dutch steam dredger Rosario No. 2, shipwrecked in the Santa Mariña inlet, and the Spanish schooner Francisca Rosa, embarrassed at the entrance to the port of Corcubión. Coincidence of all these shipwrecks, El Noroeste headed its first news with the headline "Maritime casualties, three shipwrecks, the Coast of the Death", referring to the repetition of mishaps since in 1898 a season of dense mists caused another series of shipwrecks. in fact, in the sector included in Cabo Vilán and Punta do Roncudo in Laxe were still proceeding to the scrapping of several shipwrecks, when the persistence of heavy fog caused this new round of disasters. The delay in receiving news from the coastal towns fed the conjectures and rumours, speculating with different names and nationalities for sunken ships.

The lack of more details prevents us from dwelling on what could perhaps be considered as the first indication of plundering and pillaging directed towards the survivors of shipwrecks and their belongings (...). The truth is that the pillages of the coastal inhabitants, spurred by their hard subsistence conditions, will be incorporated in the portrait of the dangers of this cut-off Galician coast" (Sanchez Garcia, 2013).


1. Travel to the beach of Arou (Praia de Arou), in Camarinas (A Coruna's province, Spain) after midnight. 

2. Make a large bonfire.

3. Shoot a video where you introduce yourself and everyone around you.

4. In the same video, you all chant the following verses:

                  Andas perdido, mariñeiro?

                  Podes ve-la luz da beiramar?

                  Déixate levar polas ondas

                  Elas levanche á luz

                  E alá estamos nós

                  Vén conosco! Vén conosco!

5. Send the video immediately at loxodrome@mit.edu 

6. Wait 24h for the next step/instructions.