Barbara Macek, born in Bruck/Mur, Austria, studied Psychology at the SFU Vienna with focus on psychopoetology, and Art & Science at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where she currently works on her PhD-thesis titled „Autoimmunität und anthropologische Differenz“.
As an author she published short stories and poems in Austrian, German and Swiss literary magazines and anthologies, her novel „sehen & nicht sehen“ was published by the Viennese publisher Czernin. She received several state grants for her literary projects, most recently a scholarship for literature 2017.
In July 2017 she was a contributor at the conference „Produktive Äquivalenz“ in Berlin and gave a talk on metaphors in medicine. From October 2017 to July 2018 she worked as a tutor at the Medical University of Vienna within a transdisciplinary project to develop new ways of anamnesis.
In September 2018 her Art & Science-project on pain: „Between Agony and Ecstasy – Investigations into the Meaning of Pain“ was published in the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR 16).
In November 2018 she received the Award of Excellence of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research for her Master’s thesis „Lycanthropus erythematosus“.
In March 2019 the Prize for Excellent Research Catalogue Exposition 2018 was awarded to her in the scope of the 10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste for her work „Between Agony and Ecstasy – Investigations into the Meaning of Pain“.
Her current doctoral Art &Science-project at the intersection of medicine, mythology, philosophy and poetry explores the cause and meaning of autoimmunity.