capriccio, Spam Press, 2019
‘Daisy Lafarge’s capriccio is a beautiful, hilarious, hallucinatory folly. Like all truly fresh poems, it ‘snacks on itself’ in order to sustain its vision of 'luminous babies’, 'tesserae of zucchini’, 'sea urchin nipple tassels’, and the many other news items 'rocky perception’ brings us. It poses past and present selves for an awkward family portrait in front of the dehiscent green screen of the future, with captions like: 'Achieving climate zen.’ After reading it I was left with a feeling of great doubt as to what a poem is. Snit snit!’
— Oli Hazzard
‘This is a book full of animals, objects, forests, memories, exotica, weather and text; a book about the material conditions for art, about everyday metamorphosis, taste, about lyric ontology and the affective, somatic charge therein — ‘A hop-skip-jump of recollection’.
— Maria Sledmere
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on animals & diseases (nonfiction)
LKAS scholarship practice-based PhD, University of Glasgow, 2016-2020
Out of Office Auto-Reply, MAP 2018
A collaborative serial fiction project conceived and edited for MAP. It follows the exploits of Colin Clout, a sixteenth century persona of dissent reimagined as an art critic.
Chapters were published weekly online over May and July, with contributions from William Kherbek, Eley Williams, Susan Finlay, Suzanne van der Lingen, Sarah Tripp & Simon Buckley, Khairani Barokka, Jeremy Millar, Alberta Whittle and Sophie Collins. Designed and illustrated by James St. Findlay.
The publication (edition of 100) was launched at a reading marathon at David Dale Gallery in July 2018
The editorial and chapters can be read online at MAP
‘x = the compulsion to be what the other person wants’
Recipient of a Betty Trask Award in 2019 (Society of Authors)
‘Lafarge’s prose is faultless. At first glance, her novel is charmingly readable. Look more closely, though, and you’ll find something much, much darker and more sophisticated than that. Look a little longer and you’ll be so hooked you won’t be able to put the book down.’
- Elanor Dymott
understudies for air, Sad Press, 2017
'... a strange and shifting pamphlet, with a unique conceit, careful consideration of craft, and totally unlike anything else I’ve read this year. The poems begin from Greek philosopher Anaximenes’ assertion that air was the primary substance of all things, before using this conceit to break open lyric, ecological and historical poetry and forging from these pieces a new, linguistically adventurous and wholly female poetic mode.'
- Andrew Parkes, The Poetry School
'It is difficult to believe that this is Daisy’s debut publication ... the work in this pamphlet challenges and torques the (dominance of the) lyric ‘I’, as well as making a virtue of the pamphlet form.'
- Sophie Collins, The White Review
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Environment / Function / Organism
Garden residency at Edinburgh Art Festival 2017
A multidisciplinary summer school inspired by Patrick Geddes
Throughout the 1890s, Patrick Geddes' annual Edinburgh Summer School aimed to deliver both knowledge and practical application of a wide range of subjects to its students. Perhaps reflecting his own polymathic restlessness, Geddes was wary of academic specialisation and instead advocated the cultivation of 'encyclopaedic knowledge'; he believed this synthesis of multidisciplinary experience and theory would encourage a more holistic worldview, as well as lay paths towards solving the problems he observed around him, those of poverty, industrialisation and the move from rural to urban societies.
Echoing Geddes' summer school of the 1890s, four specialists were invited to deliver talks in the Palm House, ranging from mycology to bothies, to the plastic-fused fossils of the future. Collectively they extended Geddes' ecological and environmental concerns into the present and future, and re-read them into the past.
The programme included:
New takes on the Valley Section - John Stuart-Murray (Landscape Architecture/ Biology)
Fungi for the Future - Dr Stephan Helfer (Mycology and Plant Pathology)
Bothy Culture - Dr Rachel Hunt (Human Geography)
Future Fossils - Dr David Farrier (English Literature/ Environmental Humanities)
not for gain, 2016
video, 15 minutes
not for gain is set in a fictional, unspecified garden using narratives of botanical selection, collection and cultivation to explore issues such as border controls and the media-projected image of migration.
Filmed in the glasshouses of the botanic gardens in Edinburgh and Glasgow, it uses sound derived from plant vibrations, eerily suggestive of what botanical 'speech' might sound like.
Film for Friday, Tate St Ives, April 2018
Between poles and tides, Talbot Rice Gallery, February - May 2017
It is this it is this, it is this, MAP event at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, June 2016
Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, May 2016
Maybe it's just me
Group exhibition and projects with Jake Kent and Caspar Heinemann, Embassy Gallery, March - April 2017
Poetry readings with Sophie Collins, CAConrad, Colin Herd, Caspar Heinemann, Sophie Robinson and Jane Goldman
Reading group curation:
#1 The Mushroom at the End of the World - c/o Mike Saunders
#2 Pill-Popping and Policing the Boundaries: Bodies, Gender and Big Pharma - c/o Amy Todman and Kylie Grant
#3 The Common Growl - c/o Sarah Bernstein
#4 Fishermen's Taboo in Scotland - c/o Ian Humberstone