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article imageArt professor has camera removed that was implanted in his head

By William Charles Baker     Feb 11, 2011 in World
New York - An art professor in New York City that had a digital camera surgically implanted in the back of his head had the camera removed after his body began to reject the device.
Wafaa Bilal, an art professor at New York University, had the camera installed as part of a project to provide images as would be seen from the back of his head over an elapsed period of time.
DigitalJournal reported earlier: “New York professor gets camera implanted in head”
Now Bilal’s body has rejected the implant causing him severe pain and distress.
The Chronicle reports: “The Iraqi-born artist underwent surgery on Friday to remove a section of the camera apparatus, which is rigged to snap a picture every 60 seconds and publish the image on a Web site set up for the project. The pictures are also displayed on monitors in a physical exhibit at a museum in Doha, Qatar. “I’m determined to continue with it,” Mr. Bilal, an assistant arts professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, said on Monday. Under its initial configuration, the camera was mounted on three posts. Each led to a titanium base that was implanted between Mr. Bilal’s skin and skull. The procedure was done by a body-modification artist at a tattoo shop in Los Angeles. But the setup caused constant pain, because his body rejected one of the posts, despite treatment with antibiotics and steroids. So Mr. Bilal had that post surgically removed, leaving the other two intact.
In spite of the complications, once the wounds heal, Bilal has indicated he will look for a lighter camera to use.
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