NewYork university professor implanted a camera at the back of his head


A New York photography professor Wafaa Bilal was looking to install a camera at the back of his head - and now he really has gone ahead with it. The camera will broadcast everything he 'sees' to the public and will be transmitted to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in time for their December 30 opening.the project is called The 3rd I.

The camera is a removable device that can be affixed to a titanium plate implanted at the back of his head and once everything is in place, the camera will take photographs each minute to record his activities for a whole year. The waterproof camera will capture everything from him taking a shower, walking down the street, to even him having sex.

He has a cable runs from the camera to a computer which he carries in a custom-made shoulder bag. Considering that he works at the university, it's understandable that there will be privacy concerns and the professor has agreed to protect the privacy of his students by wearing a lens cap on the camera while he's on campus.

Mr. Bilal said in response to whether the procedure carried out under local anaesthetic was painful :
"Yes it hurt a lot. I wanted to lose that subjectivity of knowingly taking photographs. At the same time I wanted to capture everyday mundane images."

He says the project is "a comment on the inaccessibility of time, and the inability to capture memory and experience." Video after the jump.