This study focuses on the process of erasing and rewriting faces, and leaving traces at the vague boundary between humans and others. First, we analyze how faciality as a sign of the modern subject is disappearing. This analysis is to reveal that the expressions of faces are continuously overlaid, erased, replaced with something else, and mixed with others.
Furthermore, the theme of “from human face to the face of things” explains that the process of the deconstruction of human faciality is an opportunity for the face of things to appear. Human identity does not return to humans with self-identity after going through a series of numerous relationships and slips with nonhuman things, but rather confirms the pre-existence of the nonhuman and the faces of things that are omnipresent like specters and remains. The relationship between human and nonhuman things paradoxically reveals the fact that things make humans human, and they make humans exist.
This study ultimately allows us to reexamine the value of artistic expressions about nonhuman things that have been concealed, along with the new human figure that is coming before us. Philosophical questions about human identity are applied equally to questions about the definition of art or the properties of each art genre, and it leads to an aesthetics of things that have been abandoned, considered useless, and forgotten.