Birds of all feathers celebrate together

Inspiriert von einem Gropius Zitat, lud das Bauhaus-Archiv Besucher, Passanten und Follower zu einer Weihnachtsaktion ein. Das Gemeinschaftswerk brachte Vögel aller Couleur zusammen, um trotz Pandemie gemeinsam zu feiern.

Photo: Juliane Bethge

Birds of all feathers celebrate together
Weihnachtsmarkt-Werkstatt mit dem Bauhaus-Archiv
im Schaufenster des temporary bauhaus-archiv
28.11.2020 – 06.01.2021
Konzept und Design: Rose Apple

Private Photography

The exhibition FOTO | ALBUM in the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin shows private and anonymous photography from the vast collection of the museum. Do not miss it – it is great fun and runs till February 26th, 2018. Poster and exhibition graphics by Rose Apple.  Continue reading „Private Photography“


Hausbesuch – home visit – is the name of an European project initiated by the Goethe-Institut. Over a period of 7 months, 10 renowned authors from 10 European countries travelled to 17 European cities and visited 40 private homes. The writers came to eat, drink, read and enter into discussions with their hosts and subsequently reflect on their experiences. Their accounts have now been published by Berlin based e-book publishers Frohmann Verlag. Continue reading „Hausbesuch“

We-Traders E-Book

We-Traders – Tausche Krise gegen Stadt ist ein Ausstellungsprojekt des Goethe-Instituts, das von 2012 bis 2015 in Madrid, Lissabon, Turin, Toulouse, Berlin und Brüssel 30 Akteure urbanen Wandels versammelt hat. Mehr Details zur We-Traders Plattform, die ich gemeinsam mit der Wiener Kuratorin Angelika Fitz kuratieren durfte, gibt es in dieser Projektbeschreibung

Zum Abschluss des mehrjährigen Projekts entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit den Wiener Stadtforschern dérive ein E-Book. Es verknüpft Theorie und Praxis einer kollaborativen Produktion von Stadt und stellt Fragen nach Potentialen dieser aktuellen Kultur für die Zukunft. We-Traders. Tausche Krise gegen Stadt kann auf der Webseite des Goethe-Institut Brüssel heruntergeladen werden.

We-Traders. Tausche Krise gegen Stadt.
Lernen von urbaner Praxis.
Herausgeber; Goethe-Institut e.V.
Mit-Herausgeberinnen: Angelika Fitz und dérive – Stadtforschung
Konzept, Redaktion, Produktion: Christoph Laimer, Elke Rauth / dérive – Stadtforschung
Gestaltung: Rose Apple
Programmierung: Scott Alexander, ringebooks.
Mit Beiträgen von: Julia Albani, Leonie Baumann, Sonja Beeck, Santiago Eraso Beloki, Charlotte Bonduel, Javier Duero, Rose Epple, Angelika Fitz, Julia Förster, Alain Gatti, Stéphane Gruet, Frauke Hehl, Susanne Höhn, Rolf Novy-Huy, Common Josaphat, Elke Krasny, Jessica Kratz Magri, Christoph Laimer, Andreas Novy, Lisa Parola, Luisa Perlo, Elke Rauth, Marco Revelli, Matteo Robiglio, Stavros Stavrides, Chloé Viénot

Wir wollen alle sehen!

„Wir gründen eine Initiative um Schauspieler mit Behinderung ins deutsche Fernsehen zu bringen und wir brauchen ein Erscheinungsbild. Machst du mit? „– „Au ja,“ sagte ich, „aber nur wenn ich dafür mit euren Schauspielern zusammenarbeiten kann.“ Continue reading „Wir wollen alle sehen!“

Haushaltsmesse 2015

The masters‘ houses in Dessau – built by Walter Gropius for the Bauhaus Masters in 1926 – were used as object lessons to promote Bauhaus ideas of modern living and household management. For the ‚Household Fair 2015‚ of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation they serve as a point of departure for the investigation of contemporary housekeeping and budgeting issues. The fair comprises historic material as well as contemporary artistic positions and research on the household as a modus operandi ranging from the individual house to the entire world.

It was my pleasure to design the visual identity, signage and exhibition graphics for the Haushaltsmesse 2015.

Haushaltsmesse 2015. The art of housekeeping and budgeting in the 21st century | A project of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in the masters´ houses from June 12 to August 9, 2015 | curators: Regina Bittner, Elke Krasny | project management: Katja Szymczak | design: Rose Apple with Wolfgang Schneider | For more information on the project click here.
All photos by Rose Epple unless otherwise indicated

Working Places

Four people on their way to work. They come from different places and they perform different functions in the editorial team of the book: the editor from Vienna, the project manager from Aachen, the designer and the photographer from Berlin. Their mission: to portray three new office buildings in book form.

editorial team of Arbeitende Orte

All three of these buildings are by award-winning architects kadawittfeldarchitektur, who have consequently thought long and hard about what a modern office could be. Technology has changed the places where people work. Or rather, technology has enabled people to work in other places than at a desk in an office. Nowadays you can work in your bed, on the street, in your car, in the air port lounge. Given that, do people still need office buildings? The architects asked Vienna-based curator and author Angelika Fitz to join them in their discussions. She suggested that instead of „Arbeitsorte“, (places where people work), people need „arbeitende Orte“ (places that work themselves), which became the title of the jointly edited book.

In her introduction editor Angelika Fitz comes to the conclusion that people still need places to come together to work. That also applied to the temporary project team, of which I was the designer. We needed a docking station for the project, and that was what we called the „Arbeitendes Buch“ (working book). You can´t see the working book in the photo, as it was still only a mental space at the time the photo was taken. It only acquired its current form in the process of bookmaking. While working on it, it served as a virtual meeting place for the architects and the editorial team. What made the working book so exciting to work in, was the fact that we also invited the users of the office buildings to share the space.

How does an invitation to participate in a process become more than mere lip serivce? To get closer to the experts of the everday working life in the buildings, the users, the working book temporarily put up tent in the actual office buildings. Under the motto: „Outsiders are looking for insiders“ we held workshops with members of staff on all levels, ranging from the faciltity manager to the CEO of the companies.

The insiders were asked to document their daily routine photographically and to come to a joint decision on where in the building the approriate place for the group photo would be. We also asked them to describe their way through the building to their individual desks. Following these verbal trails, „When you see the parrot, turn right“, we, as the outsiders, visited the Insiders to interview them about their daily experience of the space.

In addition to these individual interviews, we handed out postcards with questions about the favourite place in the buildings, likes and dislikes at the most strategical and the most popular point in every office building we visited: the cafeteria.

The results of these polls and the material collected in the workshops, the many detailed observations and comments of the users form the main part of the building portraits in the middle oft he book. In the co-working space of the book, the outsiders became moderators and editors, the insiders turned into co-authors and image makers. The portraits of the three buildings are flanked by two longer illustrated and essayistic panoramas on the development of office architecture, viewed from the angle of identity and flexibility.

The book concludes, that office architecture is still needed, when it allows for experiences, enables appropriation and leaves a lasting impression. Three criteria that our space of the working book  definitely has lived up to. Like the buildings of kadawittfeldarchitektur, the working book has generated an added value: Itself. The book Arbeitende Orte, has just been published in the Springer Verlag Wien New York. Please come inside.

Arbeitende Orte. Bürobauten mit Wert und Mehrwert
Working places. Office buildings with added value)
Springer Verlag, Vienna, 2012, 192 pages, 293 illustrations,
editors: Angelika Fitz und kadawittfeldarchitektur
concept: Angelika Fitz, Rose Epple,
project management: Anne-Kathrin Hoehler / kadawittfeldarchitektur
graphic design: Rose Epple with Lena Panzlau / chezweitz & roseapple
editorial team: Angelika Fitz, Anne-Kathrin Hoehler, Evi Scheller, Dirk Zweering
research: Evi Scheller
authors: Rose Epple, Angelika Fitz, Stefan Haass, Kilian Kada, Klaus Kada, Dirk Lange, Jasna Moritz, Gerhard Wittfeld, Dirk Zweering
photos: Gianni Plescia

Berlin Transit

The exhibition looks at art works and artefacts from the heyday of Jewish culture in Berlin from a cultural-historical perspective. Each room presents a different area of Jewish production such as literature, music or the fine arts. The eccentric ‚a‘ in the title points to the joy of experimentation of the Jewish avantgarde as well as the cultural diversity of Jewish Berliners in the period between WWI and the rise of the Nazis.

Berlin Transit – Jewish Migrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s
Jewish Museum Berlin, 23.3.-15.7.12
Curators: Inka Bertz, Miriam Goldmann, Maren Krüger, Leonore Maier, Ann-Katrin Saß, Fabian Schnedler
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, marketing material, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Exhibition photos: Volker Kreidler

Berlin Transit – Jewish Migrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s
Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2012, 160 pages, 157 illustrations, thread stitching, soft cover
Editors: Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation with the research project ‚Charlottengrad and Scheunenviertel‘ of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Graphic concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Entdecke die Leere!

Some people thought it was a mistake when they received the empty envelope. They called up the sender, the city of Halberstadt, to be told that this envelope was indeed their invitiation to the opening of „Discover the vo d“.  The callers had interpreted the void as the absence of something and they wanted to fill that empty envelope, just as one automatically fills in the missing letters of the exhibition title. The invitation had triggered the mental process which the exhibition was exploring.

People in Halberstadt, a small town in the picturesque Harz region in Eastern Germany are experienced void fillers. A woman, who was only a baby on April 8, 1945, when allied bombers destroyed 82% percent of the medieval inner city, told me that she was raised on tales of this invisible city of the past. Wandering around the ruins, relatives would recount to her every lost building, street corner, flagstone. She grew up with a very clear picture of houses and streets that didn´t exist anymore and she shared this vision with the people around her. Even today, the dials of the big clock on the tower of Martini Church are permanently stuck at 11.28 a.m., the moment desaster struck 67 years ago.

To get Halberstadt unstuck from viewing emptiness in their city solely as a traumatic loss was the focus of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Urban Redevolpment Saxony-Anhalt. An amibitous IBA team made up of members of the city council, town planners, architects, cultural scientists and a scenographer (my former business partner Detlef Weitz) set out to cultivate alternative attitudes towards empty spaces. In a long process involving many different local individuals and groups, they identified and analysed different forms of emptiness and explored mulitple uses of empty space in the town. They succeeded in not filling the empty spaces with buildings, but with new meaning.

When we were commissioned to present the results of this process in a final exhibition in the derelict municipal swimming baths, we not only wanted to show the visitor what had happened during the IBA years. Our aim was to show emptiness itself. Thus, we projected a walk-in videoinstallation unto the floor of the empty swimming pool, just like the people had projected their lost city unto the empty spaces of the destroyed city.

Giving something as abstract as empty space a form, is one way of communicating it, to invite people to experience emptiness for themselves is another. On postcards that could be collected in the exhibition, visitors were asked  to visit „empty“ places in Halberstadt and go through a series of simple exercises to help them feel emptiness for themselves. Please feel free to adapt these exercises to your personal surroundings and let us know how it felt.

Scenography by chezweitz & roseapple
Photos by Volker Kreidler

Images of the Mind

The show charts the quest to visualize the mind. Valuable works from art and science dating from antique to contemporary times are presented in a translucent mindscape.

Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, 23.7.–31.10.11
Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic, 9.12.11–18.3.12
Curators: Colleen Schmitz, Ladislav Kesner
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Exhibition photos: Volker Kreidler

The catalogue for the exhibition in the Deutsches Hygiene Museum charts the pivotal role of the image in the search for comprehension of the mind. Basis of the books’ architecture is an abstract grid, which helps to navigate the quest for knowledge from antiquity to today. 

Wallstein Verlag, 2011, 304 pages, thread stitching (German edition)
Editors: Colleen Schmitz, Ladislav Kesner for Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Subjective. Documentary Film


A joint exhibition by the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film. The scenography enables the visitor to look at individual movies as well as experience the filmic portrait of a whole generation of directors in the “Film City” installation.

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 2.12.10-20.2.11
Curators: Bernhart Schwenk, Heiner Stadler
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

To learn more about the accompanying books see this post: Two Books About Documentary Films

Work. Meaning and Care

In five space-encompassing media installations the exhibition looks at the meaning of work for society and the individual.

Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, 25.6.09–11.4.10
The exhibition had a second edition under the title:
Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt, 1.5.-16.9.12
Curators: Praxis für Ausstellung und Theorie [Hürlimann, Lepp, Tyradellis]
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Photos of exhibition: Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Volker Kreidler

Catalogue accompanying the exhibition at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum: The curatorial collection of material is presented as an information folder, which simulates varied papers, page formats and tabs. Text and image fragments together with accompanied essays form a compact and multi-layered documentation of the work on work.

Work. Meaning and Care
diaphanes, 2009, 420 pages, open thread stitching,
Editors: Praxis für Ausstellung und Theorie [Hürlimann, Lepp, Tyradellis]
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple
Photos of catalogue and playing cards: Henrik Strömberg, Asi Föcker