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1,000 Heads Among the Trees
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.