DECAMERON-19: dispatches from the isolated city is a transnational collaboration of 100 stories from cities around the world as cultural responses to living through this pandemic. The project draws inspiration from the literature of plague, in particular Boccaccio’s Decameron in which ten characters tell stories of isolation from the Black Death of 1348 in an empty villa outside Florence. By contrast Decameron-19 takes place in the street and virtually, with a global network of artists from diverse cities experiencing differing states of lockdown, policy measures and economic responses.


Decameron-19 is about imagining our worlds differently through the act of making and as an embodied response to the unique spatial, psychological, social and political conditions we now find ourselves in. It seeks to generate dialogue about the future life of cities, by leading practitioners who work with the specificity of their respective practices, local contexts and conditions of lockdown. 


Reviving a culture of solidarity, each project shares visions of life under Covid-19 and how we can reclaim the space of the city as site for democratic process and the imagining of alternatives. Solidarity is expressed through the project’s unique methodology of producing weekly scores.


Concept & Curation: Ben Parry & Lia Mazzari

Contributing artists:

Anja Dimitrijecic; Laura Santini; Mathieu Tremblin, Cynthia Montier; Peter McCaughey; Sharmila Samant; Igor Ponosov; Zara Joan Miller; @xcrswx (Crystabel Riley & Seymour Wright); Deana Kolenčíková; Vladimír Turner; Ben Parry; Lia Mazzari; Epos 257; Encastrable; Jonathan Naas; Arzhel Prioul; Marianne Villière; Aïda Gomez; Lucie Freynhagen, Robert Luzar, Billy Steiger, et al.