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Art Exhibit Shuts Down After Causing Guests To Have Seizures

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An art installation in downtown Pittsburgh is shut down indefinitely after visitors were having seizures.

“Zee” is described as an exhilarating, meditative, pulsing, and stroboscopic audiovisual journey that pushes the boundaries of human perception.

Pittsburgh EMS unites say they responded to the exhibit three times over the weekend. In each case they found a patient suffering from a seizure.

Two of those patients had to be taken to the hospital, one was treated on scene.

WARNING: Video contains images used in art installation.

Although the outside of the exhibit on Liberty Avenue may not look like much, the inside is a different story. There are lots of lights, and thick artificial fog.

The sights and sounds are so intense, you have to be 18 or older to enter. Plus guests reportedly have to sign a waiver.

Doctors say the lights and intense strobe effect can cause problems.

“Sometimes it may start out as smaller twitches. They may have twitches of the face, twitches of the arm.” Doctor James Valeriano told KDKA’s Sarah Arbogast.

“But that will go on to a big seizure like you really think of an epileptic convulsion,” Valeriano said.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offered little comment about the problems at the exhibit, saying they are taking time to assess the weekend’s events.

“We are closing the exhibit indefinitely,” the Cultural Trust said.

The exhibit is expected to remain until October 27th.

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