TRANSpoetry is a venture by Barb Macek that comprises different artistic research projects, combining artistic and scientific methods and transforming the synergies that emerge from the interactions of the different approaches into new knowledge.
The endeavor startet with AUTOIMMUNE TRANSFORMATIONS, a project to develop new ways of research and representation to enable new insights into the phenomenon of autoimmunity. It intends to extend and augment the present picture of autoimmune diseases (especially of SLE, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) that is dominated by the biomedical discourse with its tendency to exclude all other viewpoints. The overall objective of the project is to create a multifaceted, as comprehensive as possible picture of the individual, social, and cultural meaning of autoimmunity with scientific and poetic means.
Another important project as part of TRANSpoetry is the study: „Between agony and ecstasy: investigations into the meaning of pain“. It comprises IMAGE TABLEAUS and PAIN PROFILES in order to find new ways of describing, categorizing, and finally talking about pain.
The newest project within the framework of TRANSpoetry is titled: ANIMALS ARE LOOKING AT YOU and investigates the human-animal-relation in order to rethink nature. It focuses on the gaze of animals and on its possible transforming qualities.