The Planells family has been living for five generations in a country estate in the Ibiza inland town of San Rafael, just 5 kilometres from the port. In the spring of 1970, the family decided to move closer to the main town centre, selling the house to a Spanish aristocrat, Mrs Maria Martinez de Campos y Munoz.
Mrs Maria turns the estate into a meeting point for the island alternative artists who meet here every evening to listen to psychedelic music and experiment with hallucinogenic substances. Among them, there is a young philosopher from Madrid, an essayist, university professor and Spanish public figure, Antonio Escohotado, whose important research work on drugs culminated in the volume “The General History of Drugs”.
Antonio arrived in Ibiza in 1974 to study the uses and customs of the island and create a small research workshop.
What he intends to set up in Mrs Maria’s Finca is a kind of private club that, in May of 1976, he calls “The Workshop of Forgetfulness”. In his ‘club lab’, Antonio studies how, when and why young hippies want to let themselves go into an unknown world as a way to forget about their daily problems.
He sums up the whole testing process in one word: Amnesia.
Antonio Escohotado passed away earlier this week, aged 80. Another of the great artists of Ibiza’s creation and success in the world goes away. #rip
Via DiscoBall by @alelippi on @m2oradio Italy