From 1989–91, Phillip Andrew Lewis was held against his will inside an unmarked building as part of an experimental treatment program for drug rehabilitation. This government program used extreme methods of sensory depravation and systems of control, while employing cultic methodologies. It was one of only a few in North America, all of which have been shut down and remain mostly unknown today. Lewis plans to recreate the experience through installation, photography, sculpture and video. The Synonym project will reconstruct specific environments based on the now defunct organization, whereby through immersion the viewer becomes a participant.