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NY Prof Installs 'Eye' in the Back of His Head

"This will expose the unspoken conditions we face."

Call it crazy. Call it stupid. Call it ingenious. But one NYC professor is calling his decision to install a camera in the back of his head "art."

Wafaa Bilal, an Iraqi-born photography professor at New York University, had the procedure done at a piercing studio last month for an art project commissioned by a museum in Doha, Qatar, he told CNN. The "procedure" also involved Bilal inserting a metal plate into his head.

"This will expose the unspoken conditions we face," Bilal said Thursday. "A project like this is meant to establish a dialogue about surveillance."

Bilal calls the project "The 3rd I." The camera, which magnetically attaches to a mount, beams a picture a minute back to the Arab Museum of Modern Art. That's possible because the camera's cord runs to a computer that Bilal carries around in a custom-made shoulder bag.

To allay privacy concerns at the NYU, the university has mandated that Bilal cover up the camera with a lens cap while teaching on campus.

"I see myself as a mirror reflecting some of the social conditions that we ignore," he said.


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