Hannes Leopoldseder

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Hannes Leopoldseder (2011)

Hannes Leopoldseder (born March 27, 1940 in St. Leonhard near Freistadt ; † February 12, 2021 in Linz ) was an Austrian broadcast journalist and director .

Live and act

He graduated from the Episcopal Gymnasium Petrinum in Linz , studied English and German at the University of Vienna and received his doctorate there in 1975. He acquired his first professional practice as a lecturer and editor for a Viennese publishing house.

Work at ORF

In 1967 he became editor (domestic politics) at the current service of ORF television. In addition to current reporting, he was the chief editor of the ORF political magazine Querschnitte at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s, producing articles on topics that were topical at the time. Another magazine, called Question and Answer , for which Leopoldseder was responsible, was specifically devoted to education policy.

From 1974 to 1998 Leopoldseder was the director of the ORF regional studio in Upper Austria . In this function he initiated the Linz media talks on the subject of regiocasting television in cooperation with the Association of Upper Austrian Adult Education Centers at the Johannes Kepler University Linz .

From 1975 to 2007 he was President of Upper Austria. Press clubs (journalists' association). Also from 1975 he took a lectureship on audio visual media at the University of Vienna .

During his chairmanship of the Upper Austrian Provincial Cultural Advisory Council, the Festival of the Regions was launched and the Upper Austria Open House of Culture was redesigned. In 1979 he was one of the co-founders of the Ars Electronica Festival with the Linz Klangwolke as an outstanding media event. The concept of the festival for art, technology and society developed by him serves as the guiding principle for festivals similar to that worldwide and was supplemented in 1987 with the Prix ​​Ars Electronica , the global competition for digital media, and in 1991 with the Ars Electronica Center as the museum of the future.

In 1986 the ORF regional studio was the starting point for the ORF Friedenslicht from Bethlehem.

From 1989 to 2002 Leopoldseder acted as ORF information director, his area of ​​responsibility on television encompassing all TV information, culture and science as well as sport and religion. From 2008 he taught Ars Electronica and since 2009 he has been honorary professor at the Art University Linz .


  • Grotesque world. Bonn 1973.
  • Annual contribution to the editing of a publication for the Prix Ars Electronica from 1987 with different titles, for example
    • Prix ​​Ars Electronica 87 - Masterpieces of Computer Art. (also 1988)
    • Ars Electronica, art in a leap in time.
    • The Prix Ars Electronica - International Compendium for Computer Arts. (annually 1990 to 1996)
    • CyberArts, International Compendium of Computer Arts. (1997 to 2001 annually)
    • CyberArts, International Compendium. - Prix Ars Electronica (annually 2002 to 2008)


Hannes Leopoldseder with the Great Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria (Ars Electronica 2013)


Individual evidence

  1. Hannes Leopoldseder, director of the ORF Upper Austria for many years, has died. In: Oberösterreichisches Volksblatt , February 13, 2021. Accessed February 13, 2021.
    Great mourning for Hannes Leopoldseder. In: tips.at. February 13, 2021, accessed February 13, 2021 .
  2. ^ Curriculum vitae of Hannes Leopoldseder, in: Ars Electronica Center website (PDF file; 370 kB)
  3. ↑ List of publications Hannes Leopoldseder, in: Web presence of the Art University Linz (PDF file; 83 kB)