Aaron Oldenburg – Experimental game design, impressionistic documentary

The Mischief of Created Things, an interactive environmental narrative about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali - Aaron Oldenburg

Aaron Oldenburg

I have an obsession with empty spaces with powerful histories as well as strange, often failed colonies of people. I create videogames that often involve documentary process. I’m a former Peace Corps volunteer that through combining the social aspects of documentary with game design has figured out how to blend two discordant parts of myself.

Pieces of Jonestown (tire at the Jonestown site) - Aaron Oldenburg

My current project, Cachiche, is a videogame based on time I spent with a brujo (sorcerer) in the desert suburb of Cachiche, a town that was founded by witches during the Peruvian Inquisition, where descendants of witches still live and continue to practice traditional healing and fortune-telling. The player visits the quiet town at night searching for spirits and taking photos, then sharing these pictures with locals who tell improvised stories about them.

Cachiche - Aaron Oldenburg

Before that, I created the short experimental video documentary Pieces of Jonestown. I visited Port Kaituma, near Jonestown, Guyana, where the Peoples Temple massacre occurred in 1978, and interviewed local people about their experiences with the Peoples Temple members, with video of the empty site and discussion of what people were now doing with the objects taken from the site. This experience created the design to meld videogame and documentary process.

Visit the website of Aaron Oldenburg: aaronoldenburg.net

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