Identity

Who are you? And how did you get that way?

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.

Scientific committee

X3 Productions and the Montreal Science Centre consulted the following experts for their subject-matter expertise throughout the development of the exhibition. This scientific committee was fundamental to the creation and validation of the exhibition’s educational content.

Neuropsychology

Jennyfer Ansado

Neuropsychology and Cognition Research Centre, Université de Montréal

Miriam Beauchamp, PhD

Neuropsychology and Cognition Research Centre, Université de Montréal

Psychology

Françoys Gagné, PhD

Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Dave Miranda, PhD

Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Julien Morizot, PhD

School of Psychoeducation, Université de Montréal

Daniel Paquette, PhD

School of Psychoeducation, Université de Montréal

Annie Bernier, PhD

Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal

Biochemistry

Claude Marineau, MBA, M.Sc.

Centre of Excellence in Neuromics, Université de Montréal

Social Psychology

Roxane de la Sablonnière, PhD

Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal

Occupational Therapy

Claire Dumont, erg. PhD

Occupational Therapy Department, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Education

Nathalie Lafranchise, PhD

Department of Social and Public Communication, Université du Québec à Montréal