Shadow Factory:Teufelsberg / 8:00 minutes
Artist name: Stephanie Allespach
Shadow Factory:Teufelsberg is shot in an abandoned American Spy Center. This ECHELON intelligence gathering network was built on top of Teufelsberg (Devils Mountain), Berlin’s highest elevation. Shaped by a heap of WWII rubble, it buries an old Nazi school that is now sanctioned parkland. This vacated listening center, whose acoustic Geodomes are now used by musicians, houses graffiti and squatter camps. Destroyed walls and broken bottles intermingle with ambient considerations. Smoke, clouds, concrete, steel, all equally ephemeral. A place of transfiguration.
Stephanie Allespach is a German American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin. She began her education at the Cleveland Institute of Art, later receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the Art Center College of Design. She has exhibited/screened nationally and internationally at various institutions such as: The Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Torrence Museum of Art, American Cinematheque, Spaces, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
Working in a mix of mediums from video to sculpture, photography to collage, she seeks ideas and images that inform one another in unpredictable ways. Her work explores concepts between documentary observation and everyday theatricality. In particular the interlacing of the imaginary and the real as expressed within landscape, as object, and through performed body.