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It may soon be possible to literally see what is happening behind your back.
An Iraqi-born professor and artist is having a camera implanted in the back of his head and broadcasting everything he ‘’sees’’ to the public.
Wafaa Bilal, professor at the New York University, is to undergo surgery in the next few weeks to have the camera installed, reports the Daily Mail.
The project, called “The 3rd I’’, will involve the camera taking pictures at one-minute intervals with the images being streamed live to a new Qatari museum called Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.
The thumbnail-sized camera will be affixed to his head through a piercing-like attachment.
Bilal said that the project is “a comment on the inaccessibility of time, and the inability to capture memory and experience.”
However, the bizarre idea has sparked anger among Bilal’s students at the university who feel having their movements filmed on his head camera is an invasion of their privacy.
So, Bilal has agreed to cover the camera with a black lens cap while at the university campus, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Bilal is likely to the get the camera installed by December 15. Bilal has launched a website connected to the project.
The site displays a counter ticking down the time remaining until December 15, when Bilal intends to activate his headcamera. It also shows a small graphic depicting a torso topped by a camera lens.
“I have had the idea for the project in the back of my head and am delighted to now see it come to reality,” he said in a statement issued through a spokeswoman, Mahdis Keshavarz.
Bilal said he hopes “The 3rd I” project will “raise broader social, aesthetic, political, and technological questions.”
Bilal, an assistant professor in the photography and imaging department of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, acquired the site on November 1, according to the domain registration.
He plans to broadcast a live stream of images from the camera to monitors at the exhibit in Qatar, scheduled to open on December 30 at Mathaf. Whether a live feed of those pictures will also appear on his website remains unclear. Meanwhile, the Tisch School i s still determining what rules it will set for the professor and the project.
For his 2008 project, “Virtual Jihadi”, Bilal hacked a video game and inserted an avatar of himself as a suicide-bomber hunting then president George W. Bush. AGENCIES
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