Weekend Recommendations

You Need to Watch 'Blade Runner 2049,' Learn More About Papua, See Some Great Houses, and So Much More This Weekend

There's no reason to complain about being bored this weekend.
October 6, 2017, 11:20am
Illustrations by Dini Lestari

Looking for some stuff to catch up on this weekend? Whether it's TV, movies, books, or anything in between—VICE has you covered. Read on for our staff recommendations on what to take in during your downtime:

GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT INDONESIA'S FARTHEST PROVINCE

How often do you hear about Papua? If you've been reading the news on Antara, or maybe Indoprogress, then I guess, quite a lot. But how often do you get to listen to their stories in-person? This weekend, Asia Justice And Rights (AJAR) and the Papuan Working Group (PWG) are hosting an an event roughly titled "I Am Here: How Papuan Women Face Never-Ending Violence." Over two days, you'll get to learn about a side of Papua often overlooked by mass media through photo exhibitions, film screenings, discussions, and music performances. It's refreshing and necessary to see an event focusing on the complex experiences of Papuans, as opposed to merely using them—or parts of their culture—for marketing purposes. For once, the women of Papua will hold the microphone and the rest of us will sit on the other side of the table. Rapper Joe Million will share a stage with Tapak Rasta and VICE's very own Ananda Badudu. You better not miss this! —Syarafina Vidyadhana

CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF DE STIJL

After writing a paper on them in my architecture history class, I've become convinced that the men who were in De Stijl, one of the most influential design movements in history, are the only purists I'd love to hang out with. The members of the Dutch movement thought straight lines are, like, God. They also hated the color green (I can't relate, but OK). The original members have long passed, but fortunately their works are currently on display in Erasmus Huis Jakarta, in commemoration of 100 years of De Stijl, until 1 December.

Aside from the works of Piet Mondriaan, you can check out Gerrit Rietveld's most iconic masterpieces: the Schrӧder House and the Red and Blue Chair. I'm most excited to finally see the design of the house in-person, since it has cool shit like collapsible walls and an open floor plan. If you're a design or architecture student, or just generally interested in art and design, you should head over to Erasmus Huis Jakarta. —Katyusha Methanisa

TAKE A TRIP BACK TO A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE WITH "BLADE RUNNER"

Critics are calling Blade Runner 2049 a modern masterpiece. The first film was one of Ridley Scott's best—a dark, rain-soaked neo noir that left its characters, and the audience, questioning what it meant to be human. The sequel fast-forwards the action 30 years into the future. The Tyrell Corporation—who made the "replicants" in the original—is gone. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is an old man. But the "blade runners" are still out there, "retiring" replicants who've gone rogue. The film is now showing at theaters across Indonesia, but do yourself a favor and first watch the three shorts produced to explain what's happened between 2019 and 2049—turns out the answer is A LOT. The best of the bunch, Blade Runner Black Out 2022, is even an anime directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, of Cowboy Bebop fame. What more could you want? —Jonathan Vit

JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON MENTAL ILLNESS AT "SAYANG, SAYANGILAH JIWAMU" FILM FESTIVAL

In Indonesia, mental illness—having it or talking about it —is still largely considered a taboo. Some believe it's not even a real thing, and so people suffering from it are often told to just pray more, go out more, or think positive. What society needs to do instead is just listen.

This weekend, the "Sayang, Sayangilah Jiwamu" Film Festival, organized by a collective by the same name, aims to open-up a wider dialogue about this issue. The collective, through a selection of films, hopes to show how people with mental illness go about their day. Why? Because, "In a country that only gets 'crazier' by the day, we should be able to take care ourselves—physically but also mentally." Check the their full schedule here. —Syarafina Vidyadhana

CHECK OUT SOME ART ON THE ALLEY OF KAMPUNG KECIL

If you feel like checking out some art, but don't feel like going to one of those stuffy, indoor art galleries, then Micro Galleries is perfect for you. It's an open-air gallery, located in Jl. Kebon Nanas 1, in South Jakarta's Kampung Kecil. Fifty local and international artists are exhbiting their best work in the form of murals, graffiti, paste-ups, and stencils, all along the alley. The exhibition feels a bit like walking through a maze full of surprises. Micro Galleries, which previously took place in Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Bali, is open today until 2 October. —Regan Reuben

DANCE UNTIL YOUR SHOES FALL OFF AT KALUNGA

Want to take a break from sitting in traffic listening to the same 10 songs on the radio? Kalunga is the answer. Two local collectives, Interrupted and Psilo, are joining forces to summon the "sounds of Africa" to make sure your feet don't leave the dance floor. Kalunga will start at 9 pm on Saturday at Verde Resto and Lounge in Bandung, West Java. Bing Luther, ØH, Dita x Gilang, Bagvs and Darkbark will be performing mesmerizing tunes while a special visual installation by the Psilo crew hypnotize you. It'll be an evening of magical festivities, don't skip it! —Dini Lestari