Human Face and Identity

I earlier started looking into the concept of blurring the face as representation of the fact that our real identity is irrelevant online and that we are simply just an ‘IP address’ used to persuade us to buy something. Similarly, blurring of the face then also becomes a visual representation of how identity of the users on the Internet is being manipulated. I wanted to therefore explore the existence of academic literature on the general concept of the human face as a representation of identity and use this research to understand whether the face is a visual symbol for who we are as a person. I have been also thinking about my project and how I want it to maybe encompass the themes of we are not just a source of information and data, we are human beings with real emotions and real identities. In order to explore these themes further I looked into more theoretical research on the concept of the face as a representation of our identity and how that has been used in the modern world as a source of surveillance.

Quote #1: ‘In daily live human recognize others by looking at their face’ (Warnars, 2014, p.1).

I think this quote is important because it emphasizes that the face acts as a very important feature of our identity because it serves as a visual aspect that helps other recognize you as an individual who’s face is different then that of other people. Therefore it is a vital visual feature of our identity.

Quote #2: ‘Computer technology as a part of surveillance tools has been extended as think like a human not just only to record the video picture but doing the surveillance by recognizing human face’ (Warnars, 2014, p.1).

This quote mentions something that I haven’t really thought about before which is the fact that when computers are recording and surveilling people, they differentiate between these people by associating individuals with their faces. Therefore, the face becomes a primary role in the process of surveillance. The article mentions that the ability of computers to recognize and differentiate a human face gives them a human quality. This made me really interested in this topic and I now really want to look into the concept of concealing the face in an effort to subtly go against this norm of being recognized by the computer. I thus think that this article overall reinforces the fact that the face is a vital part of our identity and that this is what I will address/ incorporate into my website..

Quote # 3: ‘The idea is to transform human face as number which can be saved as primary key in database’ (Warnars, 2014p.2).

The article also discusses the possibility of a world center for a human face database. People want to develop a way to turn a face into a numeric form in order to store and record data more efficiently. To me, this sounds very dangerous as there is no way to be certain about the consequences of this. I think that surveillance both offline and online by these technologies has taken on a whole new level in the recent years and I think people need to be more aware of the full extent of this.


Warnars, S. (2014). Human Face as human single identity. CoRR, [online] abs/1405.6168. Available at: [Accessed 3 Nov. 2016].


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