Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 16.11.2022, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with the Prompt Battle Team

The Prompt Battle team (Florian A. Schmidt, Sebastian Schmieg and HTW Dresden students Bernadette Geiger, Robert Hellwig, Emily Krause, Lina Schwarzenberg, Levi Stein und Ella Zickerick) will host an online version of their Prompt Battle format. Prompt Battles are live events in which people compete against each other using text-to-image software. Participants show off their prompt skills while the audience decides who has elicited the most surprising, disturbing or beautiful images from the latent space of the software DALL·E 2.

In Screen Walks, a series of live-streamed explorations of digital spaces, selected artists and researchers investigate artistic strategies taking place online. The project gives an insight into practices using the screen as a medium. From re-contextualising pictures found on online marketplaces and uncovering data brokers’ invisible circulation of images to analysing in-game photography and the social, political and economic implications of games – Screen Walks examines various approaches, offers a behind-the-scenes look at artists’ work and uncovers new, current and forgotten digital spaces. Screen Walks is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Sebastian Schmieg investigates the algorithmic circulation of images, texts and bodies. He creates playful interventions that penetrate the shiny surfaces of our networked society and explore the realities that lie behind them. In particular, Schmieg focuses on labour, algorithmic management and artificial intelligence. He works in a wide range of media including video, website, installation, artist books, custom software, lecture performance and delivery service. He is a professor of Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Dresden.

Florian A. Schmidt is a professor for Design and Media Theory at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Dresden. He has a background in visual communication and has been doing research on the economies of platform-based image production in various forms since 2006. Previous works include The Planetary Stacking Order of Multilayered Crowd-AI Systems in Digital Work in the Planetary Market (MIT Press, 2022) and Crowdsourced Production of AI Training Data (HBS, 2019).

Screen Walks has launched a subscription model called Folders. Via a personal folder, subscribers receive access to exclusive content such as digital artworks by the artists participating in Screen Walks. Subscribe to Folders!

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