A New York University arts professor is living up to the saying "you've got eyes in the back of your head" after he had a small mount, designed to hold a digital camera, implanted in the back of his head.
Wafaa Bilal, a visual artist widely recognised for his interactive and performance pieces, said he underwent the procedure for an art project commissioned by a new museum in Doha, Qatar.
Titled "The 3rd I," the project is one of 23 contemporary works commissioned for the opening of the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art on December 30.
The camera will capture everything that happens behind him at one-minute intervals 24-hours a day and then be transmitted to monitors at the museum.
Bilal, who is teaching three courses this semester at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, will wear the camera for one year.
He said he received only local anaesthesia for the procedure and that it was much more painful than he expected.
"I didn't anticipate it (surgery) was going to be that hard. If I know it was that hard, I don't think I would have done it," he said.