Michael Pope’s Synematika: The 3D Script at Kingston’s Shirt Factory

Michael Pope in his Kingston studio

Michael Pope in his Kingston studio

Award-winning filmmaker Michael Pope is best-known in some circles for his deceptively disturbing youth-culture spoof videos for Amanda Palmer and in others for his wild “living film event” Neovoxer, a dialogue-free experimental multimedia work performed multiple times in several cities with live music and sound effects. Pope unveils the first phase of his latest project, Synematika: The 3D Script, at the Shirt Factory on Cornell Street in Kingston on Saturday, October 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

This immersive site-specific installation will encompass a 2,400-square-foot industrial space, all of which will be open for public exploration. Pope’s design is to use this Phase One installation as a script – or, in his own words, a Bible – for a future full-length film and a graphic novel.

The nature of the narrative is not made clear, but the seductively withholding teaser text may provide some clues: “What if we can shape human destiny, unveil our true superselves and rewrite the story of our time? We Are Making the Movie of Our Lives.” If more incentive were required, music for Synematika: The 3D Script is provided by Pope’s longtime collaborator, The Dresden Dolls’ drummer Brian Viglione.


Michael Pope, the Synematika website reveals, has recently completed “a 30-day lockdown: an intensive monthlong orgy of focused nonstop creation in the space. Throughout September he remains living in the space full-time to complete the installation.” On October 1, Pope will let us into his world.

For more information, visit https://synematika.com.