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Decameron room

The Decameron Collective

The project

At the start of the pandemic, in March 2020, a group of nine women academics from across Canada began to meet weekly to study the stories from Boccaccio's medieval narrative The Decameron, a frame tale about ten people who retreat from the Black Plague into the countryside, where they entertain each other by telling stories.

The Decameron 2.0 Is a storyworld that remediates the original's themes, motifs, epistemologies, and ambitions, while it forms a living archive of our present time.

Phase 1 (completed)


  • Constructed functioning prototype of the world for WebGL, four galleries and over 40 works installed.


  •    RUBIX (2021)

  •    ELO Media Arts Festival, Lake Como, Italy, 2022 (juried)


  •    4 conference papers,1 panel of lightning talks, 1 scholarly article for University of Toronto Quarterly, one .for Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies

Our project installed in an ancient room in Lake Como Italy

News: Exhibition

June 1, 2022

A pilot designed in  by Angela Joosse and Hendrick de Haan was exhibited at the Electronic Literature Organization's Media Arts Festival in Lake Como, Italy.

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Monique Tschofen

Monique Tschofen

Associate Professor, Department of English, Ryerson University.

Monique Tschofen is an Associate Professor of English at X-University in Toronto, and the York-X University’s Joint Graduate Programme in Communications and Culture. She is a poet whose works have been published in People Say: Journal of Literature and Culture, the Whitewall Review, The Fiddlehead, the Danforth Review, Contemporary Verse 2, and the New Delta Review.

Her areas of scholarly research include art and philosophy, research creation, modernist poetics, experimental film, and digital narratives, and she has published in Word and Image, Theory Culture and Society, Canadian Literature, The London

Journal of Canadian Studies, and Media Tropes.

She has edited two collections of essays on Canadian filmmakers and poets: Image and Territory: Essays on Atom Egoyan (Wilfred Laurier Press) and Kristjana Gunnars: Essays on her Works (Guernica).

She is co-lead of the Media and Materialities Research Group (Canada); co-editor with Lai-Tze Fan of a special issue of the journal Imaginations: A Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies.

The Decameron group in a zoom screenshot


Decameron Collective

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