For the past three decades (and even a little more!), people from all around the world have eagerly followed the tale of the Star Wars Saga as told on the big screen by George Lucas and on paper by countless other authors. But never before has the story been used in an exhibition to teach fans about the true force that actually shapes each and every one of them.
STAR WARS Identities, which will be held at the Montreal Science Centre starting April 19, 2012, comes from the same team who brought us Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, and will feature an interactive identity quest as well as insightful scientific content about what makes us, human beings, so unique: our identity.
Working with the Montréal Science Centre exhibition developers and a committee of scientific advisers, STAR WARS Identities has divided its study of identity into three major themes: the origins of the characters, the influences that shape them, and the choices they make during their life. Within these three themes, ten components of human identity are explored: species, genes, parents, and culture in Origins; mentors, friends, and marking events in Influences; and occupation, personality, and values in the final zone, Choices.
These components form the backbone of the exhibition, exploring the complex notion of identity both in the real world and in creative fiction. Original content throughout the exhibition will shed light on each of the components of identity; simultaneously, “making-of” featurettes explore the stories behind the development of many iconic Star Wars characters, explaining how they became who they are, and showing how different creative choices might have made them different characters altogether.
The exhibition will also showcase items from Lucasfilm’s vast and exclusive collection spanning the entire Star Wars canon, from the classics to the prequels, without forgetting the animated feature (The Clone Wars) and the ongoing television series of the same name.
I invite you all to visit STAR WARS Identities’ website and mark your calendar to go and visit this must-see exhibition, whether you live in the region of Montreal or not.
Pick up your Lightsaber. Your adventure into identity awaits.
Edit: When you visit starwarsidentities.com, be sure to right-click on web page and hit “view source.” A pleasant surprise awaits you! :) (Thanks Sharif!)