Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)

We invite you to join us on Saturday, February 24th, starting at 7 PM, in the grand hall of Filodrammatica (Korzo 28/1, Rijeka) for a unique and extraordinary event. Eight participants will engage in a battle for the title of the first Rijeka champion in the Prompt Battle competition.

The creators and hosts of the event are Sebastian Schmieg and Florian A. Schmidt, Berlin-based artists and lecturers at the Design Studio in Dresden.

Prompt Battle is a live event where people compete against each other using text-to-image software. Show off your prompt skills and maybe the audience will choose you as the winner who elicited the most surprising, disturbing or beautiful images from the latent spaces of DALL·E 2.

The history of professional image creation is rich with examples of new technologies causing sudden changes in the economics of time, money, and skills required to produce high-quality pictures representative of the zeitgeist. From small format cameras, via polaroid, to today’s ubiquity of digital cameras and digital editing and publishing tools, it seemingly only got easier and cheaper to make oneself an image of the world. With the advent of what some now call »Promptism«, yet another such inflection point has been reached, replacing super precise pixel pushing with quasi-magical incantations, navigating the murky latent space by trial and error, enticing the apparatus to reveal what data it has been clandestinely fed on, conjuring up endless permutations, regurgitated from our collectively produced image databases. 


The winner of the Prompt Battle Rijeka, photo Tanja Kanazir

When Open AI published its state of the art image generator DALL·E 2 in April 2022 as a close beta to a selected group of early testers, the release was accompanied by a long document contemplating potential risks and limitations of the new technology. Among the many concerns, Open AI also considered, that »if commercial access is eventually granted, those who have more experience using and building with the technology may have first mover advantage – for example, they may have more time to develop better prompt engineering techniques.« Now that users have a variety of models at their disposal to develop these techniques, the question becomes more and more prevalent: Do you have what it takes to become a Prompt Engineer?

In 2022, the development of machine learning models capable of transforming text prompts into images made a quantum leap in both quality and accessibility. DALL·E 2 seems to be ahead of the curve, but as the runners-up demonstrate, a competitive edge can be gained, not just through higher degrees of technical precision (Imagen), but also through a more permissive, meme-friendly, policy when it comes to content moderation (Craiyon), or by granting its users full ownership over their creations (Midjourney).



Prompt Battle _ Rijeka _ B2 poster


Filodrammatica (large hall), Korzo 28/1, Rijeka

Saturday, 24 February 2024., from 7 p.m.



developed by:

Florian A. Schmidt & Sebastian Schmieg



the design students at HTW Dresden:

Bernadette Geiger, Ella Zickerick, Emily Krause, Levi Stein, Lina Schwarzenberg, Robert Hellwig


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