Born in Graz in 1987, Leonhard Müllner currently works as a visual artist and media researcher in Vienna. He studied Experimental Design in Linz, Video and Video Installation in Leipzig, Video Art in Vienna, and completed his PhD 2023 in Game Art/Game Studies, under the guidance of Professor Helmut Lethen. In 2018, he co-founded the pseudomarxist media collective Total Refusal, garnering over 50 awards, including the European Film Award and the Best Short Direction Award at the Locarno Film Festival.
Total Refusal is a collective of artists, researchers, and filmmakers who upcycle the resources of mainstream video games to create political narratives in the form of videos, interventions, performances, and lectures. Total Refusals’ work has been screened at over 250 film- and art festivals – such as Berlinale, Doc Fortnight at MOMA New York, and the Locarno Film Festival – and has been exhibited at various exhibition spaces like the Architecture Biennial Venice 2021, the HEK Basel and the Ars Electronica Linz.