December 3, 2010 > 3rd eye: NYU artist gets camera implanted in head
3rd eye: NYU artist gets camera implanted in head
By Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP), Nov 23 - A tiny camera has been surgically implanted to the back of a New York University professor's head - all in the name of art.
Visual artist Wafaa Bilal (Wah-FAH' Byh-LAHL') teaches at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He had the surgery for a project called ``The 3rd I.'' It's been commissioned by a new museum in the Arab Gulf state of Qatar that opens Dec. 30.
The Iraqi-born artist will wear the camera for a year and capture images at one-minute intervals that will be transmitted to monitors at the museum. He says details of the project will be revealed at a Dec. 15 preview at the museum.
NYU is concerned about how the artwork will impact students. It says it's talking with Bilal how best to protect privacy.