Welcome in 2018 everybody! This year promises to be a good one and we’re excited to bring you all the best pop culture news in 2018. This year I want to start off with a report on Star Wars Identities, a travelling exhibition that currently resides in The Netherlands. It is held in the Cinemec in Utrecht, the place where we also visited the Harry Potter Exhibition last year. Star Wars Identities is not only an exhibition that shows you props from the films. It is very interactive and throughout the exhibition, you have to figure out who you are in the Star Wars universe. Basically, you had to find your own identity.
Star Wars Identities, The Tour
Before the start of the exhibition, we were given a small device that would be our audio tour. In certain areas, the audio tour gave information about characters or background on the films. In other areas, videos would explain human biology and the things that make us who we are. Naturally as adults we know most about this already. However, I think it is great for children. This way they learn while exploring a series they love. There was one little boy dressed as Chewbacca who was so excited about it all. He was also very interested in all the information, so he was a joy to watch. At some point I have to admit I skipped some of the biology lessons myself.
I was mostly interested in all the elaborate artwork. There were dozens of sketches depicting every single character in the Star Wars Universe. I was amazed to learn about the process behind creating these characters, especially as I am a writer myself. It is inspiring to see how a world as big as the Star Wars verse is created. Did you know that Luke was supposed to be named Luke Starkiller? That Luke and Leia were initially meant to be cousins? And that Yoda was actually called Minch? I loved all these little bits of information.
I was also amaed at the amount of detail that went into creating all the props. The first film came out such a long time ago. They did not have the technology that is available today. Yet all the dolls and props are so very realistic that you cannot feel anything but admiration for all the work that went into creating Star Wars. Many of the techniques were groundbreaking back in the day.
I was particularly amazed by Darth Vader’s backstory. George Lucas did not just want him to be a bad guy. He wanted Darth Vader to be conflicted. I admire that as many villains, especially back then, were just bad for the sake of being bad.
Throughout the exhibition, you had to make certain choices and answer questions about yourself. In the end, you were shown who you were. The final choice was between the light side and the dark side. A father said to his little girl: “You don’t want to belong to the villains, do you?” The little girl replied: “I do actually.” That made me laugh. I of course joined the Dark Side.
Star Wars Identities is in the Netherlands until March 11th, after which it will travel to Brussels from April 2 until September 2. Definitely check it out if you have the chance. For more information, check the official website.