One thing became clear during the early period of experimentation: extraordinary experiences demanded extraordinary settings. Traditional concepts of "room," "home," "family," and "community" were reconfigured. Walls were adorned with Rorschach inkblots and collages done under hallucinogenic influence. Red velvet cushions were scattered across the floor. A small room at Time Leary's house was converted into the "Time Chamber" with sealed off doors and walls draped with paisley print bedspreads. The only way to enter was from the basement, through a hole in the floor. Individuals who tripped in the Time Chamber reported losing their sense of time and place. "It was easy to forget, on drugs or straight, where you were in the house or indeed the planet," noted Leary.
© 2009 Alastair Gordon
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|Time Chamber, International Federation for Inner Freedom, Newton Center, Mass., 1963|