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Electric Lights - Women in Electronic Music
Katja Ruge, photographer from Hamburg/Germany is creating a new photo project focused on the Women in Electronic Music.
Each shooting is accompanied by an interview, conduced by Katja Ruge and
Cologne based music journalist and Kaput Editor in Chief Thomas Venker.
The overwhelming success and responses garnered by Kaja Ruge`s last photo exhibition „Ladyflash“ underlined the importance of making the energy and power of today’s women visible and accessible. This was the incentive for „Electric Lights“, her new photo project.
It is meant to shine a spotlight on women in electronic music, showcasing their passion, experiences and unique artistic perspectives coming from the person involvement of Katja Ruge and Thomas Venker as DJ`s, journalist, photographer and most of all Dancers in this particular field.
Especially in electronic music we see a huge revolution happening and finally the world is realizing how many exceptional female artists are present.
More than ever the time has come to showcase empowered women, to inspire the new generations to work in the fields of art, music, fashion, graphics and more to empower themselves.
The actual working process on her „Ladyflash“ project as much as the feedback from the exhibitions, encouraged Katja to continue working and following the paths of all those extraordinaire woman in electronic music. Visitors of her previous exhibition „Ladyflash“ were curious to learn more about the featured artists so we added a questionnaire which will be part of the exhibition.
About Katja Ruge
/ Katja`s deep love for music, especially electronic music started early. She lived in the heydays of Rave in Manchester, has an ongoing photo exhibition of the most important analog synthesizers, and is doing the photos for the infamous Golden Pudel Club for over 20 years.
She created in 2016/2017 her "Ladyflash" exhibition celebrating the women she photographed in her career with over 100 Portraits in a gallery as part of the Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg. It has been featured on Arte TV Tracks, Groove Magazin, Musik Express and many more.
Katja is hosting a party called „Kann denn Liebe Synthie sein?“ (Can Love Be Synth) since 7 years now at PAL/Moire where she also dj`s. Together with Frank Husemann she creates full analog sounds at Synthesizerstudio Hamburg.
She works regular for artists, developing photo ideas and visual content with labels, magazines and companies.
About Thomas Venker
/ Thomas is a long running music journalist coming from a DIY background. He started his career in the early 90s editing a multimedia magazine names Harakiri; from 2000 till 2014 he was the Editor in Chief of Intro Magazine, Germanys back then the leading music magazine. Since 2014 he is publishing together with Linus Volkmann the bilingual (german/english) music website „Kaput – Magazin für Insolvenz & Pop“.
Besides his journalistic work, Thomas teaches at the Folkwang Universität der Künste“, Uni Paderborn, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and is managing DJ Lena Willikens.
Aurora Halal - Poseidon. Witch. Angel
The Brooklyn based producer and video artist established herself with in the last years as one of the primary innovative thunderstormes of techno music. From her homebase party series „Mutual Dreaming“ to Berghain and major festivals like Primavera Sound and Unsound she introduces people to her very own, significantly shadow lined landscape – or as she says herself: „Darkness feels light to me, makes me feel good.“
Together with Zara Wladawsky she hosts Sustain-Release, a weekender happening that is so much more than just another festival for the electronic music scene of Northamerica.
Aurora, what do you hope to find in music? (both your own music and the ones of others?)
Music is one of the strongest portals into the life force that I am aware of. It has a unique quality of conveying emotion and I'm always surprised by the fact that repetitive or melodic sounds are transformed by our brains into this joyful, or stressful ("turn it off now!") feeling, and it´s so specific to the person what wavelength works for them. It´s sort of a bizarre alchemy, isn't it?
I guess for me, my wavelength that I go for when playing music is something with a tender emotional element, combined with an exciting tension or darkness. Darkness feels light to me, makes me feel good.
But for me as a fan dancing at clubs, it´s a lot different and more diverse. Some of my favorite DJs play very bright music. I'm very open to all kinds of music as long as it feels authentic and like something real is being communicated to me, and I can relax into it and take a ride.
What do you prefer, the seclusive working process in a studio or the live presentation of your music in front of the audience?
And why so?
For the last two years I've had a long phase of presenting my music mostly in the live space, and creating parties as my main form of expression. I've been thriving off that energy, and basically avoiding my studio because I don't have a lot of time or focus and its hard to switch modes. But lately I've missed my private studio world a lot and am now back in the mood for it and enjoy the feeling that no one is watching. I like to follow my phases and not question them too much.
What is your ideal space/place to listen to music?
In my bedroom through nice monitors, and on headphones while biking. When I'm home I do this all day long and get lost in it.
Do you see a connection between your femininity and your work? And if so what is it?
I have always felt a strong animus in myself, which is the Jungian idea of the unconscious male or female counterparts within each person. I never identified strongly with my femininity, and its honestly strange to often get questions like this because being a woman is not at all in my mind while doing my activities. I feel like Poseidon when I play at Berghain, and I guess that's male. Othertimes a witch or an angel.
Thanks so much for sharing this with us.