At first when I read this I thought is had to be a joke of some sort but it turns out that a New York University photography professor plans on have a camera implanted in the back of his head.
Yes you read that right.
Wafaa Bilal, and Iraqi assistant professor of photography and imaging department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, will be undergoing surgery in the next few weeks to have the camera installed. Then for one year Bilal will take still pictures at one-minute intervals which will then be fed to monitors at new museum in Qatar.
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.
Because Mr. Bilal is an active professor, teaching three courses this semester and scheduled to teach this spring, his special camera could capture not just his personal activity, but also his interactions with students.
Apparently, and quite rightly so, the university is concerned about the privacy issues that could result from this and are still determining the rules by which Bilal will be able to have the camera actually taking pictures while on university property.