For his latest project, an experimental artist implants camera in the back of his head

March 10, 2011

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Artist Wafaa Bilal had a camera surgically implanted in the back of his head for his latest project, "3rdi."
(Brad Farwell)
For his "3rdi" project, Wafaa Bilal must carry the camera's equipment with him.
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This mysterious image is from Dec. 14, 2010, Day 1 of Wafaa Bilal's "3rdi" project
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A reflected self-portrait on Day 2, Dec. 15, 2010.
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Apparently Wafaa Bilal spent his New Year's Eve in 2010 at the beach.
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One of the project's most recent images taken on March 10.

The Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, which opened its doors late last year, showcases the talents of experimental artists from the Arab world and beyond. Former Chicagoan Wafaa Bilal is among the young artists whose work is on display. His multi-media piece is called “3rdi” (Third Eye), and like his other work, it’s a little over the top. To create “3rdi,” Wafaa implanted a camera in the back of his head which tracks his movements throughout the day and generates a new photograph every minute. Those photos display in real time on his website and at the Doha museum. Wafaa tells us what his latest project is all about.