Barb Macek, born in Bruck/Mur, Austria, studied Psychology with focus on psychopoetology and Art & Science in Vienna.
As an author and photographer she published texts, poems, and photo collages in magazines, anthologies, and in her two monographs: „sehen & nicht sehen“ (publisher Czernin) and „Lykanthropus erythematosus“ (published by the University of Applied Arts Vienna). She received several state grants for her art projects, most recently a scholarship for literature in 2020.
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 medical anamnesis.
Her installations based on her artistic research projects were shown within the exhibitions [dis]placement (2016), and 2017 as well as 2019 at the „Essence“ of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
In September 2018 her Art & Science-project on pain: „Between Agony and Ecstasy – Investigations into the Meaning of Pain“ was published in the peer-reviewed 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.
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 the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste for her artistic research project on pain.
Currently as a doctoral candidate she works on an artistic research project at the intersection of medicine, biology, philosophy and poetry to explore the cause and meaning of autoimmunity in humans and animals.