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Star Wars Identities

While I must admit to being somewhat surprised none of our friendly writers from the frozen tundra of the North have mentioned this yet, last week I came across a museum exhibit coming to a Canada near you!  This exhibit will allow you to explore the ‘sciences of identity’ through in depth examination of characters from Star Wars–which means looking at cool pictures that are made from other cool pictures!

“For thirty-five years, audiences around the world have followed the adventures of Luke and Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi heroes of a galaxy far, far away. And now, a new exciting exhibition comes to our own galaxy with Star Wars Identities, a redefined modern exhibition experience in which we will rediscover the unforgettable characters of Star Wars in a whole new way. From the team that brought you Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, this new innovative exhibition, made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd. and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, will make use of an extensive collection from the Lucasfilm Archives to explore the sciences of identity through the characters of Star Wars. The world premiere of this exhibition will be held at the Montreal Science Centre, starting on April 19, 2012.” (

Check out more posters from the exhibit at the Star Wars blog, and see how close you live to one of the lucky museums!

Click the Darth Vader ink blot to see a promo video for the exhibit.*

For you art appreciation aficionados out there, enjoy this description of the project:

Star Wars Identities explores the theme of identity via ten components that help shape who we are. According to current scientific research, these are our: species, genes, parents, culture, mentors, friends, marking events, occupation, personality, and values. These ten components are grouped into the exhibit’s three main areas or subthemes, which follow the progression of identity from childhood to adulthood: first Origins, then Influences, and finally Choices. Using the Star Wars films as a lens through which to explore these themes and components of identity, the visitor learns more about their favorite Star Wars characters, and also something about themselves in the process. The exhibit follows the story arcs of Luke and AnakinSkywalker: two heroes who share similar genes, were raised on the same planet, but whose choices in life took them along very different paths. At the same time, a unique interactive “identity quest” allows visitors to put themselves at the center of the action and design their own Star Wars hero identity as they make their way through the exhibit.


Discovered via nerdcore, images all from the Star Wars blog.

[*And then you have to click 2 more times before it will finally play. The video is neat, but they really want you to be sure you want to watch it.]

  • craigsu

    23 Canadian Loonies to get in. Not willing to give George Lucas any of my hard-earned coin. Also not willing to travel to Canadia to see it.

    • tonyola

      You're not being geeky enough. It's like you're getting laid or something. What are you doing here?

      • texlenin

        Meh. I'll wait for the Flickr slideshow.

        (that geeky enough?)