Professor Wafaa Bilal hasn't been feeling so well lately. And it's no wonder. His body hasn't been entirely accommodating of the camera he had implanted in the back of his head to take photos of what's going on behind his back.
So, for now at least, he's had part of it surgically removed.
That might be a relief to those who found themselves walking behind the NYU arts professor/cyborg and staring disconcerted at a strange round contraption jutting out from his skull.
Bilal had the shooter installed last year as part of a project called "3rd I." For the past couple of months, it has spontaneously captured images at a rate of one per minute, wirelessly transmitting them via laptop to a Web site for public viewing, as well as to monitors in an installation at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar.
But according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bilal's body rejected part of the camera's apparatus, one of three posts between his skin and skull that held the digital camera in place.
Antibiotics and steroids didn't ease the discomfort, the Chronicle reported, so last week Bilal had to resort to surgery to remove part of the system that had been put in place by a Los Angeles body modification artist. … Read more