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The exhibition continues its world tour in VIENNA at the MAK.

2015-09-11

The STAR WARSTM Identities exhibition continues its world tour in VIENNA at the MAK which will host the exhibition from December 18 2015 to April 16 2016, Tickets will be on sale starting September 12 on www.oeticket.com.

For over thirty-five years, audiences around the world have followed the adventures of Luke and Anakin Skywalker, Jedi heroes from a galaxy far, far away. The excitement and interest about these stories is sure to continue for many more generations as new films are set to be released in the coming years, starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now, a highly interactive and exciting exhibition comes to the Vienna galaxy with STAR WARS Identities to present 200 impressive original objects from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The exhibition is about a character-driven adventure into identity in which the visitors explore the nature of their identity through the Star Wars universe. They can experience the Star Wars characters in a completely new way and go on a multi-media identity quest to find out: What Forces shape you? At the end of the exhibition everyone can go home with their own unique character inspired by Star Wars universe. They can even share their specially created Star Wars hero with friends and family via social media.

It is not only Star Wars fans, cinephiles and museum visitors who will appreciate the coming highlight in Austria, but also Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Director of the MAK: “The exhibition STAR WARS Identities makes an important contribution to the ongoing social discourse and to the fulfillment of our task as a museum. This will make developments and correlations between the phenomena of society, art, technology and science accessible to the wider public.”

The Components of Identity
STAR WARS Identities is not only an exhibition about the famous saga but also a study about identity. The STAR WARS Identities team, including experts from Psychology, Neuropsychology, Biochemistry and Genetics, has divided its study of identity into three major themes: the origins of the characters, the influences that shape them, and the choices they make during their life. Within these three themes, ten components of human identity are explored: species, genes, parents, and culture in Origins; mentors, friends, and marking events in Influences; and occupation, personality, and values in the final zone, Choices.

These 10 components and three super ordinated themes form the backbone of the exhibition, exploring the complex notion of identity both in the real world and in creative fiction. Original content throughout the exhibition will shed light on each of the components of identity; simultaneously, short “making-of” featurettes explore the stories behind the development of many Star Wars characters. They show how they became iconic the way they are today.

200 originals
A vast and exclusive collection of close to 200 objects from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art features props, models, costumes, and artwork from the Star Wars films including dozens that have never been exhibited before. STAR WARS Identities shows this rich collection which spans the entire original Star Wars canon, drawing from the classic (1977-83) and prequel (1999-2005) trilogies, as well as the animated feature The Clone Wars (2008) and the ongoing television series of the same name. Fan favorites like Darth Vader, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Yoda, the Millennium Falcon, and Anakin Skywalker’s full-sized Podracer – among others – are sure to delight visitors of all generations.

An Interactive Quest
STAR WARS Identities will place the visitor at the center of the exhibition experience with an interactive identity quest that spans the duration of the visit. Closely interwoven with the collection and the educational content, this creative journey will use technology to help visitors of all ages create their own personal and original Star Wars identity by incorporating elements of their own identity with fictional elements. Visitors will then leave with their own unique character, inspired by the Star Wars universe and with a deeper understanding of the exhibition’s central theme.

Team of Experts
In order to develop the exhibition's scientific content, the producer X3 Productions has collaborated with the Montréal Science Centre content experts to gather a team of specialists from a variety of scientific fields. Their knowledge and expertise have shaped the exhibition's structure, and their input has been essential in developing its scientific content and in ensuring that its investigation into identity in STAR WARS Identities is up to date and firmly rooted in the sciences.

A Cultural Touchstone
The Star Wars movies have broken box office records and won countless awards over the decades, but it is in the public’s imagination that the franchise has truly made its mark, enchanting audiences of all ages and establishing itself as a cultural touchstone all across the world. The stories continue to resonate today because of their universality: we identify with the characters of Star Wars, and we recognize ourselves in their journeys.

“This exhibition offers a fresh perspective on the beloved characters of Star Wars,” says Jacques-André Dupont, Executive Producer of X3 Productions. “We get a deeper understanding of their identities, and, at the same time, we get a deeper understanding of our own. The collection, the interactive components, and the scientific content work hand in hand here to create a seamless and exciting experience for our visitors. It’s a character-driven adventure into identity.”

Information and Ticket Sales
The exhibition STAR WARS Identities runs from December 18 2015 through April 16 2016 at the MAK in Vienna.  Tickets can be ordered starting 12 September. Buy them on: oeticket.com or contact them at: 01/96 0 96.

Admission price for the STAR WARS Identities is Monday – Friday 21,95 € for adults and 15,95 € for children. Weekend: 24,95 € for adults and 17,95 € for children.

Opening hours of the STAR WARS Identities:

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 18 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 21 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. – 18 p.m.

Open on 24 und 31 December 2015:10 a.m. – 15 p.m.

1st January 2016: 10 a.m. – 19 p.m.

Closed on December 25 2015

Visitors with a bit more time can visit the MAK for a special reduced price. Please find information about ticket bundle here: www.mak.at

Visitors can begin their adventure into identity today by visiting www.starwarsidentities.at and YouTube.