In the Name of Art, Wafaa Balil is a Walking Tripod

Iraqi-American Bilal, an assistant professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has implanted a titanium plate into the back of his skull for the sake of his art. The plate allows Bilal to attach and remove a camera to the back of his head magnetically, for his project which is called “The 3rd I.”

He’ll remove the camera (or cover it with a lens cap) while he’s on NYU’s campus, to protect the privacy of his students. But off-campus he’ll be beaming photos every minute via a notebook computer he’ll be carrying at his side (and connected to the camera) to his “The 3rd I” exhibit at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, which is scheduled to open this month in Qatar.

“I wanted to lose that subjectivity of knowingly taking photographs,” He told the London’s Daily Mail , “At the same time I wanted to capture everyday mundane images.”

We’re sure he’ll get a lot of “everyday mundane images” of people trying to figure out why he’s got a camera sticking out of his neck.

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