Photographer Plans to Surgically Implant Camera in the Back of His Head

Wafaa Bilal, a professor of photography at New York University, plans to have a camera surgically implanted in the back of his head. When his project his completed, it will stream images to museum visitors:

For one year, Mr. Bilal's camera will take still pictures at one-minute intervals, then feed the photos to monitors at the museum. The thumbnail-sized camera will be affixed to his head through a piercing-like attachment, his NYU colleagues say. Mr. Bilal declined to comment for this story.

The artwork, titled "The 3rd I," is intended as "a comment on the inaccessibility of time, and the inability to capture memory and experience," according to press materials from the museum, known as Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Bilal's work would be among the inaugural exhibits of Mathaf, scheduled to open next month.


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Good grief. Hey, maybe I too can be an internet celebrity by planning on something mildly amusing? Or maybe I'll shock the world by actually waiting until I've done it before I tell anyone... that'd be sneaky.
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My mother used to tell me that she had eyes in the back of her head. The thing is, she could back that up and was always able to tell how many fingers I was holding up.

I'd investigate her head at length, looking for these "eyes". Every so often she'd screech and tell me I had poked her in the eye.

I eventually forgot about it all, and it wasn't until the family was reminiscing about these times at Christmas one year (as adults) that she finally confessed that she could see everything I did through a reflection in her glasses.
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