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Q & A: ‘Uncertain Spectator’ curator says anxiety offers possibility

EMPAC assistant curator Emily Zimmerman sits on an “Uncertain Spectator” exhibit called “FEAR” by Marie Sester.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
EMPAC assistant curator Emily Zimmerman sits on an “Uncertain Spectator” exhibit called “FEAR” by Marie Sester.
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Last year, Emily Zimmerman dreamed up “Slow Wave: Seeing Sleep,” a three-day art event where visitors contemplated drawings of brain waves and were soothed by lullabies. This year, Zimmerman jostles and returns us to wide-eyed reality with “Uncertain Spectator,” a contemporary art exhibit intended to disturb and discomfort viewers, at least for a moment, as it probes the nature of tension and anxiety. Zimmerman is assistant curator at EMPAC, the experimental media arts laboratory and ...

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