MONOCOLOR alias Marian Essl is a Vienna based audiovisual artist. He explores the interrelations between sound and image in both performance-based and installation-based works. His fully generative, algorithmically created imagery oscillates between fluid, organic textures and rigid structures. He focuses on the relation between sound, image, light and space, aiming to create highly immersive audiovisual universes. He holds a degree in media technology and experimental media and is currently studying Digital Arts at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His work has been shown in various contexts around the world. In 2020, he was awarded the Japan Media Arts Festival New Face Award for his audiovisual fulldome performance "Latent Space" that was created during a residency at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT)  in Montréal.

Performed / Exhibited at
Ars Electronica, Société des arts technologiques (SAT) Montréal, sound:frame, Japan Media Arts Festival Tokyo, Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, RIAM Festival, Kunsthaus Graz, V2 Lab for the Unstable Media, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, CIVA Festival, Lange Nacht der Museen, Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts Vienna), Diagonale. Festival of Austrian Film, DA–Z Festival Zurich, Patchlab Festival Krakow, epizod.space, iX Symposium, Astra Brixen, Perspektiven Festival, Miraikan Tokyo, Ars Electronica Center (AEC), Ventil Records, Fulldome Festival Jena, Elektra Festival Montréal, Dutch Design Week Eindhoven, Area for Virtual Art (AVA), AI x Music Festival, Seminici Transmedia Valladolid, Parallel Vienna, Planetarium One Saint Petersburg, Deep Space 8K, Glowing Globe Symposium Rijeka, Springfestival Graz, OFF Theater, MQ Museumsquartier Halle E, Intonazione Festival Elba, The Essence, Vienna Design Week, Wow! Signal Festival, Grelle Forelle, brut, Moozak, Symposion Lindabrunn, Stift St. Florian, rhiz, Orpheum Graz, Dom im Berg Graz, Angewandte Festival, Playground AV Festival, METRO Kinokulturhaus, Steinergasse 8, CREAU​​​​​​​

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Awards
2022: Hybrid Vision - Digital Art Competition – Nominations: Special-Shaped Projection for Latent Space (won) CN
2019: Golden Wire Award for Latent Space (nominated) AT
2019: Jena Fulldome Festival Student Award for Latent Space (2018) (nominated) DE

Press
September 2021: In virtuelle Welten tauchen mit MONOCOLOR – Interview with Franz Magazine (german)
August 2020: Raumfänger – Artist Portait by morgen (german)
March 2020: MONOCOLOR, Latent Space and the fulldome environment – Interview with Isabelle Rousset for Derivative / TouchDesigner (english)
May 2019: Video Interview with Alain Brunet – iX Symposium 2019, SAT Montréal (english)