Aaron Oldenburg

Aaron Oldenburg

Aaron Oldenburg (USA) – Night in Cachiche, 2015, 1:00
This is a series of short video vignettes from 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.

In this game the player comes to Cachiche to spend their nights looking for ghosts to photograph, and ends up with an exquisite-corpse style narrative (inspired by Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film The Mysterious Object at Noon) 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.

Aaron Oldenburg
is a game developer and new media artist whose primary interest is in game rules as an expressive medium. His video and interactive work has exhibited in festivals and galleries in New York, Berlin, São Paulo and Los Angeles, including SIGGRAPH and FILE Electronic Language International Festival. He teaches game design as an Associate Professor in University of Baltimore’s Simulation and Digital Entertainment program and has an MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In October 2003 he finished two years as an HIV Health Extension Agent for the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa.