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The Decameron Collective​

The Decameron Collective is a group of nine scholars and artists who have engaged in a weekly practice of collaborating, co-creating, and curating since March of 2020. Together, we have built and exhibited two digital storyworlds, run workshops, write scholarly papers, and experiment with AI.

Projects:

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Memory Eternal | Вічна Пам'ять (2023) is a VR world designed for Oculus.  This work emerges in the wake of a global trauma, and expresses grieving at two scales – personal and collective. In the wake of crises, what do we want to remember and how? What futures should we imagine? How does care ground a wounded world?

Exhibitions: Electronic Literature Association Conference and Media Arts Festival, Coimbra, Portugal, July 12-15, 2023.​

New Media Prize Unconference, UK, May 15, 2024.

Interactive Film and Media Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 11-14, 2024.

Awards:

Shortlist - Wonderbox Opening Up Interactive Fiction -  New Media Writing Prize (UK) (2023)

Winner - Digital Humanities Awards (2023)

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I imagine and it

becomes a memory..."

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The Decameron 2.0 (2022) is an interactive explorable web-based world that takes its cue from Giovanni Boccaccio's medieval narrative set in Florence during the Black Plague. Featuring 100 co-created poetic thought experiments, it offers an audio, video, and textual living archive of life during the pandemic that centers women's experience.

Exhibitions:

  • Toronto Metropolitan University RUBIX Catalyst, Jan 27, 2022

  • Electronic Literature Association Conference and Media Arts Festival, Como Italy, May 30-June 1, 2022.

  • ICIDS: International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, Kobe Japan, November 12-17, 2023.

  • PhiloSOPHIA: Society for Continental Feminism - Feminist Making, Doing, & Sensing conference, Mount Royal University, Calgary, March 14-17, 2024.

Awards:

  • 2023, Honorable Mention, Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature, Electronic Literature Association.,

News

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Short list!

May 2024

Collective member Siobhan O'Flynn's Infinite Eddies is on the short list for the Chris Meade Main Prize category in the New Media Writing Prize.  

Vote for Infinite Eddies and Memory Eternal here: https://newmediawritingprize.co.uk/opening-up-2023/

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