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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.

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