Melati Suryodarmo and ‘Manifesto’ at Museum MACAN | Koplo, island and leap year-themed parties | Soulbox 5th anniversary | Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Feb. 28-Mar. 1)

Julian Rosefeldt’s ‘Manifesto’, 13-screen video installation which features Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, will be featured at Museum MACAN from Feb. 28 to May 31. Photo courtesy of Museum MACAN
Julian Rosefeldt’s ‘Manifesto’, 13-screen video installation which features Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, will be featured at Museum MACAN from Feb. 28 to May 31. Photo courtesy of Museum MACAN

Melati Suryodarmo’s Why Let the Chicken Run? and Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto

Melati Suryodarmo's 'Kleidungsaffe' (2006) will be performed at Museum MACAN from Feb. 28 to May 31. Photo by Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media
Melati Suryodarmo’s ‘Kleidungsaffe’ (2006) will be performed at Museum MACAN from Feb. 28 to May 31. Photo by Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

There will be two major performance art exhibitions at Museum MACAN starting this weekend, namely Why Let The Chicken Run? by Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo and Manifesto by German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt. As stated by the art museum in a statement yesterday, the two exhibitions will provide “a platform to open up dialogue on cutting edge contemporary practice in a way that is rarely seen in Indonesia”

Melati spent years studying art in Germany, mainly influenced by Javanese tradition and Japanese dance theater Butoh. Why Let The Chicken Run? marks her first solo exhibition in a museum, which features her significant works from a career spanning more than 20 years. She will perform a 12-hour piece titled I’m a Ghost in My Own House (2012) this Saturday from 9am to 9pm.

Manifesto (2015) is a 13-screen video installation, which features Academy Award-winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett assuming 13 different roles. In it, Blanchett recites artists’ manifestos of the 20th century, drawing on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Suprematists, and other movement or artist groups. This is the first Manifesto screening in Indonesia.

The exhibitions will run from Saturday, Feb. 28 to May 31 at Museum MACAN at AKR Tower, Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta. IDR100,000/person for adult pass, tickets and full schedule for the exhibitions are available on Museum MACAN’s official website.

 

Diskoplo

Everyone seems to be into dangdut koplo these days, and we’re all for it. Koplo is a sub-genre of dangdut that gained prominence at the end of the last millennium by incorporating more western musical influences, such as pop, rock and reggae, as well as a faster tempo based on the distinctive koplo rhythm of kendang drums.

Joget (dance) the night away at Diskoplo this Friday with ‘70s-’00s Indonesian, R&B, and, of course, koplo hits.

Friday, Feb. 28 at GINA, Jalan Suryo, Kebayoran Baru from 9pm onwards. First drink charge at IDR50K/person (beer or soft drink), RSVP to +62 812 9288 8330.

 

Catch of The Day

Enjoy sumptuous seafood spread at two Union restaurants in North Jakarta this weekend. Huge and juicy Szechuan King Prawns, Dory Croquettes, Jimbaran-style grilled fresh whole fish, sweet Alaskan King Crab Legs with Tabasco Garlic Butter await you at the special dinner.

Friday, Feb. 28 at Union PIK Avenue and Saturday, Feb. 29 at Union Mall Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, from 7pm onwards. RSVP to +62 21 2257 1168 (PIK Avenue), +62 21 4586 4978 (Mall Kelapa Gading) or Whatsapp at +62 8128-9177751.

 

Soulbox 5th Anniversary

Soulbox SCBD, one of the fanciest studios in Jakarta, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday. You can get in on the festivities by joining the studio’s signature workout programs accompanied by classic disco hits such as SWOD (Soulbox Workout of the Day), SoulBarre, and SBZ (Strong by Zumba). More information is available here

Saturday, Feb. 29 at Soulbox, Fairgrounds SCBD 3rd floor, South Jakarta. RSVP to +62 811 1510 030. IDR180K/person for one class and T-shirt; IDR280K for all three classes, T-shirt, and one free regular class at Soulbox.

 

Pop Kabisat

Celebrate the leap year at Pop Kabisat with Jakarta-based indie bands such as Bedchamber, Circarama, Vague, Crayola Eyes, Shankara, along with DJs Sidha and Acum.

Saturday, Feb. 29 at Haro by the Rooftop at Rossi Musik 4th floor, Fatmawati, South Jakarta from 5pm onwards. IDR80K/person, available to purchase on the spot or RSVP to +62 821 2207 0758⁣.

 

Club Tiki

Looking for a much-needed downtime on this leap day? Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirts and go-to beach dress to an island-themed party at the posh Cork & Screw Country Club this Saturday. You’ll get to enjoy a rum-fueled Polynesian-inspired cocktail from Tropic City, a Bangkok bar specializing in tropical cocktail bar which currently sits at 31st on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019.

Beach-inspired tunes will be provided by Jacatra Audio Sistema, DJ Nyemee and Darma.

Saturday, Feb. 29 at Cork & Screw Country Club, Senayan, Central Jakarta from 5pm onwards. RSVP at +62 21 570 6365 or WhatsApp +62 811 9313 788.

 

Wijaya Car Trunk Market

If you want to shop without breaking the bank, consider going to the first ever Wijaya Car Trunk Market — which is like a garage sale but you shop on car trunks. There will be a clothes upcycling workshop, astrology reading, book swap, and music at Tujuhari coffee shop.

Sunday, Mar. 1 at Blok A-B Grand Wijaya Center, Kebayoran Baru, Central Jakarta from 9pm-6pm. Free entry.

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