In Residence: Mochila/diSONARE

December 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

Wendy’s Subway is pleased to welcome diSONARE and MOCHILA in residence from December 2019 through January 2020. Over the course of the residency, the editorial projects MOCHILA and diSONARE will explore and reflect on ideas of ritual, community, and para-archiving in the form of independent publishing and circulation.

During the month of December, the project will focus on the publications gathered in the MOCHILA, an itinerant and peripatetic travelling library and archive of Latin American publications. Programming will include a collaboration with Wendy’s Subway former publisher-in-residence, Erizo: A Journal of the Arts (Erizo: Un diario de los artes), and Christopher Rey Pérez, editor of the recently released Aliens Beyond Paradise / Alienígenas más allá del paraíso (Wendy’s Subway / Queens Museum, 2019), exploring  the connection of experimental writing practices, publishing and para-archiving as a transient action that can occur in and through the concept of “body.”

During the month of January, the project will focus on the relation of film and independent publishing to acts of alternative archiving, specifically in Latin America. We will consider the materiality of both film negatives and print publications as phenomenological archives.

Programming will focus on the forthcoming diSONARE 08, which explores the relationship between text and film, and the continual interplay of their mediums, materiality, and narratives. We will consider how this relationship blurs the phenomenological, cultural, and ideological tensions that appear in the alchemical skin of cinematic images, producing textual residues, unfinished processes, and new kinds of poetics.


diSONARE is a bilingual editorial project based in Mexico City, founded in 2013, focusing on hybrid artistic processes at the intersection of poetry, art, fiction, experimental essays, and translation not only as linguistic phenomena, but as political and cultural practices. 

MOCHILA (literally, “backpack”) is an initiative that transcends borders, full of unique printed matter and editorial content produced in Latin America and destined for a foreign audience. The MOCHILA is designed to travel around the United States as a resource and catalyst, to land temporarily in bookstores, schools, and art spaces as a portable library, and promote bilingual collaborations between artists and writers in Latin America and internationally.


The Wendy’s Subway Residency Program is made possible through a Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Art and Social Justice Grant, and through public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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