Calling out to all super fans of Star Wars, if you have been living deep in the cave on Tatooine, you may not know there is a Star Wars Identities Exhibition going on. This touring exhibition, which has been hitting up various cities around the world, is a Star Wars fanatics dream-come-true. It features tons of Star Wars treasures straight from the Lucasfilm archives, including original costumes, props, models and artwork, plus an interesting activity called Star Wars Identities.
Expect to be thrown into the world of Star Wars movie-making process through iconic characters and objects like the BB-8, R2-D2, the Millennium Falcon, the entire Imperial fleet (Imperial Star Destroyer and all!), Yoda from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader’s suit from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – just to name a few. Interestingly, some of the objects are exhibited for the first time in this exciting exhibition.
While these exhibits will enthrall Star Wars fans, it is the Star Wars Identities that makes this touring exhibition stands out and possibly, define it as the go-to Star Wars event. Here’s what Star Wars Identities Exhibition is about, straight from the horse’s mouth:
STAR WARS Identities explores the theme of identity using ten components that help make us who we are: species, genes, parents, culture, mentors, friends, events, occupation, personality, and values.
These ten components are grouped into the exhibition’s three main sections, which follow the progression of identity from childhood to adulthood: first Origins, then Influences, and finally Choices. This thematic backbone gives structure not only to the educational content of the exhibition but to the Star Wars collection as well.
From a scientific perspective, visitors learn how these components affect identity. Ten videos, one per component, combine clips from Star Wars with animated graphics explaining how each component plays a part in shaping who we are—“we” in this case referring simultaneously to the fictional characters of the Star Wars universe and to the visitors themselves.
These videos were developed in collaboration with the Montreal Science Centre and a team of experts practicing in a variety of scientific fields, including genetics, neuropsychology, health sciences, and psychology.
The stunning collection of some 200 props, costumes, models, and pieces of artwork from the making of the films and animated series is integrated seamlessly into the exhibition’s structure.
Carefully selected from the Lucasfilm Archives, each object helps provide a deeper understanding of the identities of the Star Wars characters. The accompanying behind-the-scenes information is sure to delight fans of the films and visitors interested in the movie-making process.”
In short, you will be able to design your own Star Wars character. You be outfitted with a “smart technology bracelet” upon entry to the exhibition and along the way, you will be invited to answer to a series of identify questions at the interactive stations. These “character-design stations” are seamlessly integrated into the exhibits and scientific content.
From the response provided by you, the exhibition will create a brand new, unique character profile using the science of genetics, neuropsychology, health science, and psychology. At the end of the exhibition, you can view your custom created Star Wars character, AKA Star Wars Identities character. And it does not end there. You can also request to receive a detailed version of the character profile via email as a memento, or share the profile on your favorite social media platforms.
The Star Wars Identities The Exhibition will be stop by twelve cities a planned six-year world tour. The tour started in 2015 and have since graced Lyon (France), Cologne (Germany), Munich (Germany), London (the U.K.), Utrecht (the Netherlands), and Brussels (Belgium). Currently, the exhibition is in happening over in Sydney at Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences’ Powerhouse Museum, located at 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia.
Admission is 36 AUD (approximately US$25) for Adult and 23 AUD (about US$16) for kids between 4-16 years of age. Child under 4 gets in for Free. There is a Family ticket going for 95 AUD (about US$67), which includes a pair of Adult tickets and 2 children tickets, or one Adult or 3 children. Star Wars Identities The Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum runs from November 16, 2018 through to June 10, 2019 before heading to a yet-to-be-confirmed city.