"allow anyone to identify as whatever they want" rhetoric is inherently individualistic. it leaves no room to discuss these "identities" with the oppressed groups they may harm. males can identify as women even though they are our oppressors and the very fact it’s seen as monstrous to criticize this is testament to the effort society puts into protecting the oppressor. 

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Carlotta 

(by Anagrama

Carlotta is a traditional Mexican style bakery, where folkloric pastries such as “conchas”, cakes and “buñuelos” are prepared.
Our brand proposal adopts graphic styles from Mexico during “El Porfiriato”, a historical period in which the country was under the control of president Porfirio Diaz, a man heavily influenced by French customs, art and architecture. We used official documents from that era as main visual references to redesign those classic typographic styles.
The brand embraces delicacy and elegance, both represented in the subtle arrangement of flowers as the main pattern. This element rounds up our identity design proposal, integrating each piece together with a black frame to settle the movement it creates, thus preserving the brand’s delicate personality.



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Ham on Wheels by Forma & Co / forma.co

We designed the graphic identity for Ham on Wheels, a new concept of a premium fast-food restaurant, specializing in cocas (baked bread) with spread tomato and ham, set in and around the bicycle culture.

The logo has been solved underlining the word “on”, to make the play on words with the name “ham” more obvious, while at the same time using the typical graphic resource for “on wheels” type of establishment. In addition, we have designed other elements for the interior of the restaurant -projected by designer Chu Uroz- such as decorative hams hanging from the ceiling, road marks that are at the same time interior signaling, or the menus and drink mats.

Embassy without both flag and official sign

To conclude this artwork about identity I would sincerely thank you for everyone who followed this concept. For my last publication I show you this drawing about an embassy without both flag and official sign. This embassy may represent a country for everyone..

Pour conclure cette oeuvre artistique sur l’identité, je tiens à remercier sincèrement tous qui avaient suivi cette idée. Pour ma dernière publication, je vous montre ce dessin d’une ambassade sans drapeau et ni signe officiel. Cette ambassade peut représenter un pays pour chacun de nous..

Western invidualism, when taken to the extreme, results in a fundamental flaw in thought. Namely: though we might describe a “self” that may change gradually over time (a dynamic self), we treat the self as unitary. We assume that all thought and emotion and behavior is consistent with a single self - as if an individual mind is a one-to-one mapping between input and output that only adjusts itself over a long time.

But in fact, there is no single “self”. By which I mean that the word “self” has two meanings: the self-in-the-moment and the continuous self. These are distinct concepts and must be treated separately by any sane theory of mind. Each human being has multiple self-in-the-moments. She alternates between them depending on mood and situation. She constantly creates/gains new ones and sheds/loses old ones. The continuous self, that which we think of as our identity, that which the Western individualist overemphasizes, is but a gradually changing pattern over time. A pattern of what selves we tend to be in a given situation. It is merely a relation imposed upon these selves.

There is a third type of self as well, one fractal level higher, which is the collection of all of the possible selves that an individual is capable of becoming. But Western thought tends not to think of the self on such a high level, and so this third meaning of the word is rarely invoked.

The distinction between momentary and continuous self is a gestalt property of our brain, perhaps of any sufficiently advanced neural network - whether or not that network is complex enough to be self-aware. In the neurons in your brain, there is the strength of connection between any two given neurons, which on a computer we might simulate with a weighting applied to the signal passing through. These form a relatively static network that adjusts itself over time. This is the continuous self.

The level of activity at each junction point in the brain, which is to say the strength of the signal passing through at the current time, forms the active network, which is the momentary self. It shifts around within the larger, more static network of the neurons themselves.

How is it that we have a continuous sense of self over years, but lose consciousness every night? Because when we sleep our active neural network shifts into one whose energy and complexity are too low to produce self-awareness. Except in REM sleep, when we enter an altered state of consciousness that is relatively disconnected from our long-term memory pathways, so we struggle to remember our dreams and are unaware of the surrounding context of our lives and selves while in them. Except in lucid dreams… neurology is complicated.

In my own life, I have found this two-tiered of the self to reduce depression and anxiety. When I realize that I will shift modes of thinking and feeling and acting once I am in a particular situation, I spend less time overanticipating events and wondering if I am ready for them. Moreover, when I am depressed I spend a lot of time in a few (unhappy) headspaces. In other words, switching between a few selves. In those times I usually have a feeling of being stuck, which a cognitive-behavioural theorist might explain as arising from my thought that things have not / are not improving for me over time, but which I propose could also rise directly as a percept caused by keeping only a few sub-networks of my brain active.

Submissions for Issue 03 of Transcendence Magazine will be open from March 21 to May 1! The theme for this issue is identity. We want life, both real and imagined. We want bar/bat mitzvahs. First pride parades. Hometowns and found cities. Middle school nicknames. We want moments of self-love and self-hatred. We want the talks you had with with your parents, whether it’s “the birds and the bees” or “the cops and the cruelty”. For this issue, we want you to be unapologetic in your skin, your love, your gender, your YOU. You have a story, and we want to hear it. 

The countdown begins now! We’ll have more updates on this exciting issue soon. For now, get your best work ready! We look forward to reading it. 

-The Transcendence Team 

Art: “Untitled” by Oscar Varona, featured in Issue 02!

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Introducing: Gabriel Dawe | Installation Art

Beautiful textile installation artworks from Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe

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Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms. His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day. His work has been exhibited in the US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK. After living in Montreal, Canada for 7 years, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he obtained his MFA at the University of Texas at Dallas. For the final two years of his degree, he was an artist in residence at CentralTrak, the Artist in Residency program at UTD. His work has been featured in numerous publications around the world, including Sculpture magazine, the cover of the 12th edition of Art Fundamentals published by McGraw-Hill, and in author Tristan Manco’s book Raw + Material = Art . He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, and by Lot 10 Gallery in Brussels. 

( http://www.gabrieldawe.com/bio.html )

As of today, your gender on Facebook no longer has to be chosen from a list.

Facebook has announced that as an alternative to choosing one of the nearly 60 pre-determined gender identities in its “custom” option, you can simplify the process by just filling in your own gender, in your own words. 

Facebook software engineer Ari Chivukula, who identifies as transgender and was part of the team that made the free-form option, thinks the change will lead to more widespread acceptance of people who don’t identify themselves as a man or woman.

"We’re hoping this will open up the dialogue," Chivukula said.

Alison C.K. Fogarty, a gender identity researcher at Stanford University, said giving users control over the words describing their gender is a significant step in social recognition of a growing trans community, especially coming from the world’s largest social media company.

"People are still fighting to make room for gender identity within the socially constructed binary of male and female," Fogarty said. "Labels and identities are powerful in that they give a sense of community, a way of articulating one’s experience."

Facebook gets it. Next up: let’s update the “interested in” section, shall we?