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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 https://katjaruge.de/ladyflash 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 9 years where she is dj`ìng and invites friends and artists. 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.