Cordula Daus

August 19 - 20, 2024

Experimentelles Ahnen | Experimental Foreboding
outerwoman, Teil 2

Internal Workshop
Zentrum Fokus Forschung

Rustenschacherallee 2-4
1020 Wien

Cordula Daus, Sebastian Bark & Charlotta Ruth
with Anna Dobrosovestnova, Barbara Fischer and Katrin Klebermaß-Schrehof

The German verb ahnen is difficult to translate. It means something like to anticipate, to guess, to suspect, or to forebode. While pointing to a rather dark future – «Ahnung ist dunkle Vorerwartung» (Kant) – it is phonetically reminiscent of the noun Ahnen (ancestors). So there is a sense of not-yet-knowing that stretches all the way back to bodies that have existed before. While a premonition, Ahnung, overcomes a person, more active forms of Ahnen allow for a self-induced poetic state or collective frenzy: «doch sind wir entzückt uns hinein zu ahnen in jene zustände zu ahnen, in welchen die dichtenden gelebt haben» or, «dichtung, eine geahnte füllung der lücken» (von Arnim).

In this workshop, for the first time, outerwoman invites three scientists/practitioners from the fields of biology, neonatology, and science and technology studies to participate in an exchange and testing of practices: How can fieldwork and scientific knowledge be combined with forms of fabulation or „fictioning“ (David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan)? What ethical challenges arise? How can we use language-based and performative practices to go to places that we cannot go in scientific research? How can we inhabit other bodies, roles, positionalities? How can we make our practices accessible to non-artists? How can we enable interdisciplinary thinking or even forms of co-creation between art and science?

Drawing on previous interviews related to the future of pregnancy and extracorporeal states, the workshop will focus on three aspects: 1. biological evolution & latency – the bodies of those who lie behind us/before us; 2. neonatology – anticipating the characteristics of those to come; 3. machine-human relations & empathy: understanding the relationships between m/other machine, new bonds. The two-day workshop will include a panel session; a collaborative session generating a synthesis of the panel using a score; a cycle of three practical exercises.


April 18 - 25, 2024

Transitory Writing

Workshop & Research-based Teaching
Universidad de Granada

by Emma Cocker, Andrea Coyotzi Borja,
Cordula Daus, Lena Séraphin and Paula Urbano
in collaboration with Prof. Jaime Mena de Torres

The research project transitory writing in no one’s land is an inquiry structured as corporeal gatherings or workshops interweaving situated, performative and embodied writing as a collective writerly method. In the workshop we will practice explorative writing in a public space and focus on how we can position ourselves in shared spaces and reciprocated texts. The workshop is multi-lingual, and writing can be done in any preferred language including made up ones. The workshop is inspired by Georges Perec and his experimental book Tentative d’épuisement d’un lieu parisien. Perec observed Place Saint-Sulpice during three days in October 1974. His idea was to pay attention to the seemingly insignificant, to notice and notate what is taking place when nothing special is happening.




January 24, 2024


Bare Bodies – ganz ohr / all ear – Questionology
Three books and their editors/authors in conversation with each other

APL Performance Studio, Neues Haus für Wissenschaft und Kunst (ehemalige P.S.K)
Georg-Coch Platz 2
1010 Wien

Mariella Greil, Ricarda Denzer, and Charlotta Ruth, Angewandte Performance Lab (APL), University of Applied Arts Vienna
Cordula Daus, Zentrum Fokus Forschung, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Bare Bodies – Thresholding Life
edited by Mariella Greil
The book brings together contributions from the fields of performance, activism, psychoanalysis, and contemporary dance, connecting content and form in a unique way.
To the book

ganz ohr / all ear – Audio Trouble, Para-Listening, and Sounding Research
edited by Ricarda Denzer & Christian Höller
This publication brings to the fore the performative character of the human voice and the unifying, spatial quality of sound and presents works by the artist Ricarda Denzer from the last ten years.
To the book

Questionology – Are you here?
Cordula Daus & Charlotta Ruth
A zine and exercise book for all those who’d like to know more about the applied art of questioning.
To the book


December 8, 2023


Questionology – Are you here?

Zine Launch & Performative Reading
with Cordula Daus & Charlotta Ruth
brut Wien

→ to order the book
Errant Bodies Press, Berlin
from the series Research Practices N°1
21 x 29 cm (softcover)
56 pages
ISBN: 978-3-9823166-9-7
15 EUR

This is the age of the answering machine. Of infinite input fields, of prompts and problem solving, of algorithmic feeding frenzy. But wait. Who/what is behind this text? Have you been reading these lines for real? Are you here?

Since 2019 the writer Cordula Daus and the choreographer Charlotta Ruth have explored and trained what might be the last genuinely human quality: how to question, how to make oneself response-able. Together they have created environments, performances, writing exercises and live situations where ideas become material to be touched and processed between people.

Questionology – Are you here? is a zine and exercise book for all those who’d like to know more about the applied art of questioning. Unfolding across three conversations, the zine recombines tricks and moves from midwives, Socratic maieutics, witchcraft and malfunctioning technology. In the opening text an anonymous author-mechanism lures the reader into a series of questions trying to grasp what reading is. Secondly, Daus & Ruth meet the sound artist and editor Brandon LaBelle to reactivate elements of the participatory work Questionology – Program for Applied Questioning (co-produced by brut Vienna, 2021). Equipped with new vegetable names and a towel, the three try out different selves and stances including one of the most complicated ones: listening. Thirdly, the artist Erik Valentin Berg joins the conversation to examine the field of artistic research. Together they defend each others’ titles, fight over ‘useless art’ and get caught in a failed thesis scandal. Hope to meet you there!


Inclusive and exclusive we, with and without ears
Inclusive and exclusive we, with and without ears

October 4, 2023


A workshop by Cordula Daus and Charlotta Ruth

Convocation II
Gathering for Language-based Artistic Research
Rustenschacherallee 2-4
1020 Vienna

‘We’ is a strange language thing. Depending on its use and context the plural first-person pronoun may include or exclude you and me, the readers; it may co-opt us into unwanted communities or turn us into majesties. Inside the participatory performance Questionology – Program for Applied Questioning (Daus/Ruth 2021), we-speak was used as a central element for world-building. In their workshop Cordula Daus and Charlotta Ruth take up this thread to further explore the potentials and qualities of constrained we-speaking and writing with fellow language nerds. The participants are invited to one-on-one walks and error-friendly conversational improvisations: What happens when we leave the ‘I’ behind? How does language (English) perform through ‘us’?


September 14 - 17, 2023


Forschen im Schreiben / Schreiben im Forschen
Programm: Michael Eberle & Leonie Pürmayr
Kuratiert von Thomas Eder
Kunsthaus muerz

Mit: Simon Angerer, Ann Cotten, Cordula Daus, Lyrikkollektiv fährten, Lydia Haider, Sophie Liepold,  Barb Macek, Regina Menke, Theresia Prammer, Thomas Raab, Philipp Schönthaler

Wie lässt sich literarisch forschen? Wann ist Forschung literarisch? Und wie lassen sich literarisches Schreiben und wissenschaftliches Forschen in ein produktives Verhältnis setzen? Welchen Einfluss nehmen Archive aller Art auf literarische Prozesse, und vice versa? Welche Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten ergeben sich durch die Nutzung digitaler Textverarbeitungsprogramme und technischer Hilfsmittel?

In ihrem Beitrag untersucht Cordula Daus Konversationsspiele als Behälter für gemeinsames Forschen in und mit Sprache. Anhand von Beispielen aus ihrem Projekt Outer Woman wird sie der Frage nachgehen, was wir eigentlich tun, wenn wir uns unterhalten. Wenn wir uns gegenseitig be/fragen, Metaphern hin- und hertragen: Wie können wir Zustände, die noch nicht da sind, experimentell erahnen? Was können wir von Schwangeren lernen? Lässt sich Inspiration verhüten? Welche neuen Begriffe werden gebraucht? Inkl. Übung: Miteinander Vorbeireden!


Photo: Bark/Daus
Photo: Bark/Daus

August 11 - 25, 2023

Das Aufhebungsspiel at Villa North

I’m happy to return to Villa North in August. For five days the performing artists Sebastian Bark, [M] Dudeck and Charlotta Ruth will join me. Together with the artist Marie-Andrée Pellerin we will play and document „Das Aufhebungsspiel“. Please drop us a line, in case you’re in Kärnten!


April 21, 2023


On Midwifing - the metaphor strikes back

Cordula Daus
Presentation and Discussion
Too Early / Too Late
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Olavshallen: Cinemateket


A woman speaks with a midwife to inquire about pregnancy and birth. The fact that “all people come out of vaginas” seems utterly absurd to her. She asks the midwife to meticulously describe her practice, as if to render an ancient ritual more believable. How does she prepare a pregnant woman for something that seems impossible? How does she hold, trust, and wait for the right moment to come? How do pain and knowing relate to each other? In Plato’s Theaitetos the literary figure Socrates enters into a dialogue with two male mathematicians to inquire about the essence of knowledge. He compares his technique of eliciting ideas through questioning with the work of a midwife: “I suspect that you are in labour. Come then to me, who I am a midwife, and the son of a midwife, and I will deliver you.” For this SAR conference, Cordula Daus expands on the podcast episode On Midwifing – the metaphor strikes back developed in collaboration with Charlotta Ruth: Two female artists grab hold of Socrates’ metaphor to ask a midwife what she really does when she assists another woman. Together they enter into a dialogue speaking from two parallel creation realms at the same time. On Midwifing – the metaphor strikes back looks at the entanglements between bodies and language, gestational and creative processes, and how we can possibly fictify and compose other temporalities in language-based art. This contribution focuses on playful questioning, listening, and confabulation, combining field research, artistic research, and performance.

Stills from 'Koko, le gorille qui parle', 1978
Stills from 'Koko, le gorille qui parle', 1978

March 23, 2023


Though Shalt Not Speak
Episode I

Erik Buenger with Cordula Daus and Mihnea Mircan
Zentrum Fokus Forschung
Rustenschacherallee 2-4
1020 Vienna

What is the relationship between voice-over and image? Does a voice-over give voice to the image? Does it help the image communicate something that images cannot communicate on their own? Common sense tells us that this is how voice-over functions. This artistic research project explores a line of thought that runs contrary to common sense. A voice-over functions – not by giving voice to the image – but by taking voice away. By speaking of the image, the voice-over commands the image to silence. 

Thou Shalt Not Speak brings a group of artists together in a research project that examines whether it is possible to use this paradoxical logic against the voice-over. If the voice-over commands the image to silence, can this silence be mobilised against the voice-over? Can it become an obstacle to speech that blocks the voice-over from articulating what the image means? The evening will begin with Erik Bünger and Cordula Daus introducing the artistic works they have produced as part of their research. Bünger will present his video ‘Nature See You’. Daus will premier her brand new lecture performance ’nipplepeople‘ that responds directly to Bünger’s work. The event will conclude with a discussion between Bünger, Daus and curator Mihnea Mircan where they speak about the research presented and the implications this research has for the wider questions addressed by the project.


Erik Bünger is an artist, writer and composer whose work presents a continuous investigation into the human voice and its paradoxical relationship to human language. His videos, lecture performances and musical compositions have been presented at venues such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Wellcome Collection in London, The Curitiba Biennial in Brazil and the Art Encounters Biennial in Timisoara.

Cordula Daus is a writer-artist whose work is concerned with questions of place, sexuality, body and language. From 2010-2016 she published the journal series Toponymisches Heft (Fantôme Verlag Berlin). Her novel SEHR is forthcoming. She has presented her books, lecture performances and collaborative works at brut Vienna, the Research Pavilion #3/Venice and Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Mihnea Mircan is a curator currently based in Bucharest. His most recent projects are the exhibitions Landscape in a Convex Mirror, for the 2021 edition of the Art Encounters Biennial in Timisoara (RO), and A Biography of Daphne at ACCA in Melbourne. From 2011 he served as artistic director of Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp. This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) [AR688] 



March 7, 2023



ein Vortrag von Cordula Daus im Rahmen der Reihe ‚relatifs
Kepler Salon
Rathausgasse 5
4020 Linz

In ihrem Vortrag spricht Cordula Daus über ihr aktuelles künstlerisches Forschungsprojekt „Outer Woman“ und die Herausforderung, sich einer entfremdenden Praxis, der Ektogenese, auf künstlerische und performative Weise zu nähern. Gemeinsam mit den Künstler*innen Sebastian Bark, [M] Dudeck und Charlotta Ruth, arbeitet sie an einer neuen Phänomenologie der Schwangerschaft bzw. des Schwangergehens. Dabei kommen verschiedene Verfahrensweisen zum Einsatz: Séancen, Atemübungen, Fragebögen, Mythen, Konversationsspiele und andere Formen experimentellen Ahnens.

Eine Veranstaltung der Kunstuniversität Linz (Abteilungen Kulturwissenschaft sowie Kunstgeschichte und Kunsttheorie) in Kooperation mit dem Kepler Salon
Gastgeberinnen: Anne von der Heiden, Jasmin Mersmann

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