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Adam Stennett. Morning Glory Heavenly Blue with Grenades. 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 30 inches
Adam Stennett. Grenade with Cough Syrup. 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 30 inches
Adam Stennett. Morning Glory Flying Saucers (Ipomoea tricolor). 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 44 inches
Adam Stennett. Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans). 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 44 inches
Adam Stennett. Opium Tea (Papaver somniferum). 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 44 inches
Adam Stennett. Opium Tea Vintage (Papaver somniferum). 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 30 inches
Adam Stennett. Diviner's Sage (Salvia divinorum). 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 30 inches
Adam Stennett. Whipped Cream with Hypnotism Handbook. 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 30 inches
Adam Stennett. Potato Gun with Video Demo. 2008. Pvc pipe, krylon fusion paint, bbq igniter, wiffleball bat ramrod with 58 second video loop 54 x 12.5 x 7"
Potato Gun: Engineered, built and tested by Matthew Creighton Stennett in Baxter, Tennessee.
The sculpture/installation works below represent MK-ULTRA and Millbrook as two opposing soccer teams. In the 1950s and 60s the two groups came to the field of psychedelic research from opposite angles, the covert CIA program exploring mind control and manipulation and Timothy Leary and Millbrook exploring the possibilities of mind-expansion. Such research has provided fodder for conspiracy theorists while generally revealing more about the ideologies of those who formulated the studies than about altered consciousness itself.
Adam Stennett. MK-Ultra. 2008. Screenprint and spray-paint on US Army issue t-shirts, pvc pipe, astro turf, military footlocker, 36 x 22 x 86 inches assembled. Accompanied by signed, first edition, Hardcover Mk-Ultra Handbook.
PROJECT MK-ULTRA, was the code name for a covert CIA mind-control and chemical interrogation research program, run by the Office of Scientific Intelligence, that began in the early 1950s and continued at least through the late 1960s. There is much published evidence that the project involved the surreptitious use of many types of drugs especially LSD, as well as other methodology, to manipulate individual mental states and to alter brain function. The MKULTRA director was granted six percent of the CIA operating budget in 1953, without oversight or accounting. Experiments included administering LSD to CIA employees, military personnel, doctors, other government agents, prostitutes, mentally ill patients, and members of the general public in order to study their reactions. LSD and other drugs were usually administered without the subject's knowledge and informed consent, a violation of the Nuremberg Code that the U.S. agreed to follow after WWII.
Considerable evidence supports the contention that Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski participated in CIA-sponsored MKULTRA experiments conducted at Harvard University by Henry A. Murray, a professor in Social Relations, from the fall of 1959 through the spring of 1962. Kaczynski was subjected to "a disturbing and what would now be seen as ethically indefensible experiment on twenty-two undergraduates." Kaczynski was a precocious, though impressionable, sixteen-year-old when he began his participation; his assigned code name was "Lawful." He emerged, years later, as a terrorist and has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
predictably, plays a part in many conspiracy theories given its nature and
the destruction of most records. Some claim the MKULTRA project was linked
with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. They have argued that there is
evidence that the assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, had been subjected to mind control.
Project MK-ULTRA was first brought to wide public attention in 1975 by the U.S. Congress, through investigations by the Church Committee, and by a presidential commission known as the Rockefeller Commission. Investigative efforts were hampered by the fact that CIA Director Richard Helms ordered all MKULTRA files destroyed in 1973.
Although the CIA insists that MKULTRA-type experiments have been abandoned, 14-year CIA veteran Victor Marchetti has stated in various interviews that the CIA routinely conducts disinformation campaigns and that CIA mind control research continued. In a 1977 interview, Marchetti specifically called the CIA claim that MKULTRA was abandoned a 'cover story.'.
44 American colleges or universities, 15 research foundations or chemical or pharmaceutical companies and the like, 12 hospitals or clinics (in addition to those associated with universities), and 3 prisons are known to have participated in MKULTRA.
Adam Stennett. Millbrook. 2008. Spray-paint on Brooks Brothers t-shirts, pvc pipe, astro turf, military footlocker, 36 x 22 x 86 inches assembled. Accompanied by signed, first edition, Hardcover Mk-Ultra Handbook.
MILLBROOK is a village in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 1,429 at the 2000 census. It is considered one of the wealthiest towns in the State of New York and is often thought of as a rural and more low-key version of The Hamptons.
A large estate in Millbrook became the headquarters and psychedelic research commune for Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later known as Ram Dass) after they were both fired from their positions as respected professors at Harvard for their expanding research into psychedelics. Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an icon of 1960s counterculture, Leary is most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD.
Leary's activities interested siblings Peggy, Billy and Tommy Hitchcock, heirs to the Mellon fortune, who in 1963 helped Leary and his associates acquire the use of a rambling mansion on an estate in the town of Millbrook (near Poughkeepsie, New York), where they continued their experiments. Leary later wrote: "We saw ourselves as anthropologists from the twenty-first century inhabiting a time module set somewhere in the dark ages of the 1960s. On this space colony we were attempting to create a new paganism and a new dedication to life as art." (Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream (1998) by Jay Stevens, p. 208)
Later, the Millbrook
estate was described as "the headquarters of Leary and gang for the better
part of five years, a period filled with endless parties, epiphanies and breakdowns,
emotional dramas of all sizes, and numerous raids and arrests, many of them
led by the local assistant district attorney, G. Gordon Liddy. Others contest
this characterization of the Millbrook estate; for instance, in his book,
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe portrays Leary as only interested
in research, and not using psychedelics merely for recreational purposes.
According to "The Crypt Trip" chapter of Wolfe's book, when Ken
Kesey's Merry Pranksters visited the residence, the Pranksters did not even
see Leary, who was engaged in a three-day trip. According to Wolfe, Leary's
group even refused to give the Pranksters acid.
Adam Stennett. PROJECT MKULTRA Dog Tags. 2008. Standard issue US Military dog tags with black rubber silencers, numbered unlimited edition
Adam Stennett. M61 Hand Grenade (signed). 2008. Dummy fragmentation hand grenade used by the US Armed Forces in Vietnam, edition of 12
Capabilities- Can be thrown 40 meters by average soldier. The effective killing radius is 5 meters and the effective casualty-producing radius is 15 meters. Fragments can disperse up to 230 meters.