Archaeological Site at Trautson Castle

23. July 2020

At the end of the Second World War, Trautson Castle in Matrei am Brenner was almost completely destroyed in a bomb attack. Archaeologists from Innsbruck University are currently excavating there. They want to better understand the historical building and life in it. The University of New Orleans is also involved in coming to terms with the story.

Article in (august 3, 2020)


 Bild Schloss Trautson

Image: Instagram University of Innsbruck


Faculty and Students Search for Remains of a Missing American World War II Pilot

July 1 - August 11, 2017 
UNO-Field School in Archaeology: Innsbruck and Villach, Austria
During the summer of 2017 an archaeological field school searching for the crash site of a Tuskegee Airman from World War II took place in Innsbruck and Villach.
Information on the field school
Report on the UNO-website
Bericht: Kleine Zeitung

REAGENT: a nine-meter-high “test tube” is presented

June 2015

 The cityscape of Innsbruck has been made richer by a work of art: The South Tyrolean architect Stefan Hitthaler created a nine-meter-high art object in the form of an oversized test tube on the forecourt of the Geiwi tower on the Innrain. The name REAGENT stands for the interaction of the test tube and "agent" in the sense of people as actors in scientific research, who are the contents of the test tube. The work of art thus shows the interaction between man and science, and at this special location also the interaction between the natural sciences and the humanities.

The idea for realizing the REAGENT was born on the occasion of the 40-year partnership between the University of Innsbruck and the University of New Orleans and the 20th anniversary of the city partnership between Innsbruck and New Orleans, which was celebrated in 2015. The REAGENT symbolizes the university as a place in which new things are created every day - comparable to the processes in a test tube.

Project Hitthaler Bild  The REAGENT is the condensation of university discourses that are made             available on the university forecourt. In line with the Greek agora, the idea of ​​   public disputation, science is made visible in public space. The University itself      is positioned in the urban space and can be experienced in the sculpture. Art   offers a suitable opportunity to relate science and the public to one another, to   draw their attention to one another, and to have an effect on both. The idea of ​​   realizing a work of art at this location arose in the context of the “Cities and   Landscapes. Considering New Orleans and Innsbruck as Multiple Landscapes ”   (June 24-26, 2015).


The sculpture stands for the relationship between the human spirit (culture) and matter (nature) and the interaction of the natural sciences with the humanities. The world consists of both poles and can only be experienced together from these. This tension becomes visible in the naked bodies and the artificial, limited space of the test tube that surrounds them. The lid keeps the container closed. What happens when it is opened? What reaction can be expected?

The city is also a container, a laboratory of the social. At the same time it is a multiple and open formation. Different social groups mix in it and their identities are interwoven with the urban materiality. The city itself is the body in all its facets. The tension between openness and limitation, between the chance to create something new or remain in a blockage, remains unresolved. The final reference that decides this is each individual in their naked vulnerability.


Wissenschaftliches Kuratorium:

Christina Antenhofer (Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie)

Ulrich Leitner (Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften)

Forschungsfeld „Politische Ästhetik“ (FSP: Kulturelle Begegnungen – Kulturelle Konflikte)


Sponsors of REAGENT:       

The work of art is entirely financed through sponsorship. 2/3 of the sponsors come from South Tyrol. 1/3 is financed by Tyrolean sponsors.

Kammerer Tankbau • Elektro Ewald • Lanz Metall • Moling Srl • Riadruck • Synthesa • Stauder Schuchter Kempf • Notariat Schwarz • Tilmann Märk  • Tyrol Equity • Rechtsanwalt Stefan Warbek

Further Information an Articles on the Art project REAGENT:

"Human Bodies and the City: Art as a Medium to Explore Urban Landscapes" – Ulrich Leitner

REAGENT von Architekt Stefan Hitthaler

Campusradio - Sendung vom 23.06.2015

Videobeitrag zum Kunstobjekt REAGENT am Campus Innrain


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