art + medicine = 3rd eye

Wafaa Bilal surgically implanted a camera into the back of his head so that he can record his life (backwards?) for a year. Apparently the camera will take a picture every minute, with a live stream to the Arab Museum of Modern Art and online. It started photographing on December 15, 2010.


photo from http://media.npr.org/assets/news/2010/12/29/camera.jpg?t=1293654177&s=12

An interesting idea, with 2 points to note.
First, how will this work at night, and how much would it suck to sleep with a camera impaled into your head? I’ve fallen asleep with headphones on and even that hurts.
Second, on that same note, apparently it was only the camera mount that was implanted, which means the camera can be removed at night. Of course this means that it wont be taking a true back-of-the-head shot a minute if the camera is on the night stand.

If you’re not squeamish, you can check out the “installation” video below:

The video talks about how we are probably unknowingly photographed all the time and our actual current state of privacy. But will this change how Wafaa acts and what he does, whether on purpose or subconsciously, knowing he is recording his life out of the 3rd eye? Maybe he will move around more so that the images change more frequently. Maybe he sleeps less because he is in pain. Maybe he stops standing in front of mirrors. Maybe he spends the year contemplating why he didn’t just attach the camera to a hat.

Either way, this could be interesting, a bit like the Truman Show meets the Matrix. I just hope they compile the photos and speed them up at the end of the year. I just checked the streaming images and all i see is a brick wall.

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