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Man has camera implant in his head

Published 23/11/2010 | 16:06

Arts professor Wafaa Bilal holding the prototype of a digital camera that he had implanted in the back of his head, in New York (AP)
Arts professor Wafaa Bilal holding the prototype of a digital camera that he had implanted in the back of his head, in New York (AP)

A tiny camera has been surgically implanted into the back of a New York University professor's head in the name of art.

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Visual artist Wafaa Bilal had the surgery for a project called "The 3rd I", commissioned by a new museum in the Gulf state of Qatar that opens December 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 said details of the project will be revealed at a December 15 preview at the museum.

NYU is concerned about how the artwork will impact students. It says it is talking with Mr Bilal how best to protect privacy.

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