The Church Of Whatever is a new audiovisual band formed by Spanish artist Entter (ex-Meneo, nee Raúl Berrueco, 1977) and HISS, a young bleep-techno producer from Treviso, Italy. Berrueco is widely known for his visual focus on retro arcade and low-fi gaming graphics from the Golden Age of home entertainment. He uses old platforms like the Commodore 64, Sinclair Spectrum and Nintendo's NES and Game Boy to create Game Art. Berrueco has been experimenting with glitches, ROM hacking, trash culture, machinima, visual algorithms, cyberpunk and random scripting for quite some time.
Lately Entter and HISS have been mixing chiptunes and blasphemous idea(l)s, pixels and crucifixes to save our rotten souls. Among other things, they argue that "Western Christianity crisis of faith is related to a lack of style. If Vatican had hired Lady Gaga's stylist, we'd all be sitting around in dark churches, munching magic hosts and listening to repetitive organ music." This problem had to be fixed.
Enter The Church Of Whatever. The brand new cult was established by VJ Entter in 2013. According to the legend, the founder had an epiphany during a dental extraction operation "performed under nitrous oxide, a chemical known for its hallucinogenic effects". Entter "sat at the typewriter for six days and nights and nothing came out. Then, 'Church of Whatever' emerged." And it looks like this:
Intrigued, we asked pixel art messiah Berrueco a couple of questions:
GameScenes: I have seen the light, finally! When & where will you guys perform again?
Raúl Berrueco: As soon as we can, we're looking for more shows... We're just starting, maybe some Baptism/First Communion/Wedding services?
On April 20, 2013, the duo performed in Barcelona for the first time. It went like this:
GameScenes: Was the performance in Barcelona last April controversial? Spain, like Italy, where I'm originally from - is over-the-top Catholic. In my home country, the separation between state and church never really happened... For instance, Federico Solmi - an Italian artist who uses game-like aesthetics in many of his works - has had his "blasphemous" shows banned in the past. Unsurprisingly, he sought political asylum in the US. What kind of feedback did you receive?
Raúl Berrueco: It was sort of an small thing in an art gallery/venue. Kind of public attending these events are very open minded so there was no controversy at all, actually people loved it. They were pretty much staring at the show, enjoying it and screaming all the time all kind of blasphemies. Feedback was very positive, I had some good conversations after the show and people also sent us support messages to our FB fan page.
GameScenes: Are you familiar with Molleindustria's Operation PedoPriest? Was that an influence for you?
LINK: The Church of Whatever