Daisy Lafarge, We eat each other up – The Understory of the Understory

The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory
5th & 6th December 2020
Online at themind.fish

The Understory of the Understory is the fourth instalment in an ongoing series of festivals on consciousness and intelligence across species, part of the Serpentine’s General Ecology project. With The Understory of the Understory, we go to that place which is simultaneously ground, land, soil and Earth, that is to say, the place where diverse species come together, collaborate, communicate and constitute one another but also where complex systems of redistribution of toxicity, logics of extraction and geopolitics meet.

We eat each other up is a presentation of poetry and prose on difficult love and antagonistic attachments. Poems from Lafarge’s recently published collection Life Without Air are interspersed with a reading from Lovebug, a work in progress that explores infection from the perspective of intimacy. We eat each other up considers the various appetites of Simone Weil, Schistosoma flatworms, Aristophanes’ conjoined lovers and the cannibalistic origins of meiotic sex.

Daisy Lafarge is the author of Life Without Air (2020), a collection of poetry published by Granta Books and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2020. Lafarge’svisual work has been exhibited in galleries such as Tate St Ives and Talbot Rice Gallery, and she is currently working on Lovebug – a book about infection and intimacy – for a practice-based PhD at the University of Glasgow. She has received an Eric Gregory Award for poetry, and a Betty Trask Award for a novel, Paul, forthcoming from Granta Books in 2021.




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