1,000 Heads Among the Trees

Entrant 2016

Aaron Oldenburg


In this game the player comes to Cachiche, Peru, to spend their nights looking for ghosts to photograph, and ends up with an exquisite-corpse style narrative as they show their photos to people in town who spin stories about what they see in them. They also discover that their camera is not just a passive recorder, but that its act of observation changes the environment.

This project is an impressionistic fictional game that began as a documentary on a small town in Peru. Two summers ago I stayed with a brujo (could be loosely translated as sorcerer, traditional healer...) in a suburb called Cachiche, which is famous for being founded by witches who were fleeing the Peruvian Inquisition. There are many people there who are descendants of witches and also a number of contemporary ghost stories. I told people I was doing a videogame documentary and did some interviews, taking audiovisual documentation.