Call for Volunteers

For this project to be a success, we need volunteers across the globe to virtually undertake sections of the journey that was originally undertaken by the Nao Victoria. If you live in or very close to one of the following places, we would be delighted if you would help us (or if you know someone who lives there, please give them a nudge for us!). We promise that it will only take minutes of your time, is completely secure, and you will be acknowledged as having participated in an exciting and new contemporary art project! (If you want to be acknowledged that is!). In fact it’s going to take you longer to read this page and think about it, than it will to join in!

The Locations (red locations = route complete)

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain √
Tenerife, Canary Islands √
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil √
Rio de la Plata, Uruguay/Buenos Aires, Argentina √
Puerto San Julián √
Rio Gallegos, Argentina (or near the Strait of Magellan) √
Cook Islands √
Guam √
The Philippines √
Indonesia √
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa √
Cape Verde Islands √

NB The circumnavigation of the world has been completed. No more volunteers are required, but feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. 

If you live in one of these locations, please follow the instructions below listed under ‘Phase One’. Phases Two and Three will be released at a further stage in this project. We’ll keep you up to date and let you know when. We may ask for a little more assistance, but we promise it will be super quick and easy!

Phase 1

    1. If you are in or near one of the locations, we need you to send us your public IP address. Your IP address regularly changes, and every time you use the Internet websites have access to it, so there’s no need to worry about risks to your computer or your privacy. You can find out your public IP address by going to
    2. Now you need to email us your public IP address. We also need to know your name, your location and an email address that we can contact you on. We promise not to pass your information on to any third parties. Please email us at email to us should look something like this:

      My name: Jon Bennell
      My location: Canterbury, Kent, England
      Current IP Address: can contact me on:

    3. Once we have enough participants, we may contact you so we can perform Phase Two of the project. What we want to do is perform a ‘trace route’ between your public IP address, and the public IP address of another participant on the next stage of the journey of the Nao Victoria (see below for what a trace route is). We will provide full simple instructions on how to do this when we reach this phase, and once again we promise it will be minimal effort on your behalf!

What is a Trace Route?

Data travels differently from us. If we want to go from A to B, we just go from A to B. If you want to send data from A to B, it might go to a whole lot of other places before it gets to B. This is what we’re interested in. We have the route that the Nao Victoria took, but we would like to compare it to the same route taken by data through the Internet, getting as close as possible to the original locations that the ship stopped at. Then we’re going to make some great stuff with the data, and if you lend us a hand, you’ll be credited!

So running a trace route is simply a method of finding out where data goes between A and B, and how long it takes. Below is an image of a trace route from us in the UK to Google. The numbers are the amount of places it has passed through in between. If you would like to try it, why not run your own trace route to Google? Simply click on this link, select ‘Use Current IP’ and then press ‘Host Trace’. It will tell you how many miles from Google you are, the number of destinations and where your data has gone, as well as the amount of time it has taken to get there.

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