The Powerhouse museum is hosting an exhibition on the much loved medieval style galactic fantasy franchise Star Wars. The story that has captivated generations of fans and now they’ll have the chance to discover the forces that shape them and the Star Wars character they most identify with in STAR WARS TM Identities.
“STAR WARS Identities celebrates a core focus of ours – the intersection of imagination and technology – and is a wonderful opportunity for generations of fans to share their love of the film franchise through an exciting and interactive exhibition experience. Star Wars is an iconic and enduring cultural phenomenon and we’re incredibly pleased to be the exclusive venue for this Australian premiere exhibition,” says Peter Denham, Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS).
As guests move through the exhibit, they encounter a number of interactive stations as they discern qualities and traits of their own identities to define a unique Star Wars character. Designed for visitors of all ages it uses technology and expertise in the fields of neuropsychology, psychology, and biochemistry. Wearing an RFID wrist-band, guests are confronted with interactive QUEST-IONS throughout the exhibit, to create his/her own Star Wars-inspired character which they meet at the final station.
Will your choices lead you on a path to the dark side of the Force?
Are you a Wookiee Jedi Knight?
Or maybe an Ewok with fighter-pilot skills?
Lucasfilm has also opened their archives in a showcase of memorabilia that will give fans access to pieces rarely seen by the public. From costumes, props, models and artworks, a deeper insight into the production of their blockbuster films will be open for all to see. BB-8, R2-D2, the Millennium Falcon, Yoda from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™, Darth Vader’s suit from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™ just some of the 200+ artifacts on display.
Developed and produced by X3 Productions in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the exhibition has been secured exclusively for Sydney by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in partnership with the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS).
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME STARTS 17 DECEMBER:
The next generation of jedi knights can be entertained these school holidays with a series of fun activities from making their own androids to creating top motion films with the characters they create. This special limited edition series runs from the 17 December 2018 through to 24 January 2019:
• littleBits Droid Inventor: Ever wanted to build your very own R2-D2 or C-3PO? This workshop will introduce kids to innovative design tool littleBits, with easily snap together working lights, switches and buzzers to build their own droids. Kids will also learn about Artificial Intelligence, and what it really means to be a robot. 17 Dec 2018, 7, 17, 24 Jan 2019 @ 10am -4pm (Ages 7 – 8).
• Star Wars Special Effects: Create your own signature sound effect for a special power of your own! In this workshop, recreate classic special effects using creative cloud and other technologies, and learn how certain sounds are crucial to the identities of their favourite characters. 18 Dec 2018, 3, 10, 14 Jan 2019 @ 10am – 4pm (Ages 11 – 13).
• Craft Wars: Let your inner craft-maker travel to a galaxy far, far away and let their imaginations go wild. Armed with thermoplastics, cutter printers, articulated joints and mechanisms, participants will create their own Star Wars identity from scratch in this exciting workshop. 19 Dec 2018, 3, 7, 16, 21 Jan 2019 @ 10am -4pm (Ages 8 – 10).
• Cosplay Design Principles: What’s a great character without their own signature item? From lightsabers to personalised emblems, this workshop will guide kids through designing and crafting their own personalized props based on the Star Wars universe. Using thermoplastics and heat guns, participants can take their newly- created designs home with them. 8, 22 Jan 2019 @ 10am -4pm (Ages 10 – 12).
• Stop Motion Extravaganza: This one-day workshop will guide kids through storyboarding their own film, then bringing it to life using paper, clay, and Star Wars Lego. Learning stop-motion animation techniques popularized by the Wallace and Gromit film series. The skills they gain will be transferrable to any stop animation software, and clay characters can be taken home. 11, 15, 22 Jan 2019 @ 10am -4pm (Ages 7 – 9).
An action packed season of self discovery and creation awaits at Powerhouse, but beware, as Yoda says, “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny! May the force be with all of you this holiday season!
STAR WARS Identities:
The Exhibition is now open at the Powerhouse Museum, and runs until 10 June 2019.
What STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition
When 16 November 2018 – 10 June 2019
Where Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Price $23 Child, $32 Concession, $36 Adult and $95 Family (includes general admission)