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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012

‘Star Wars: Identities’ exhibit asks, “What forces shape you?”

Update: The exhibit will not be heading to California. A previous version of the official Star Wars blog originally stated that it would, but has since been corrected. The exhibit will be heading to Montreal and Edmonton, Canada. This post has been revised to reflect the change.

If you haven’t gathered by now, we (well, at least I) spent more than a few hours poring over the Star Wars trilogy from the 1970s and ‘80s, one hour too many watching the Star Wars prequels released roughly 20 years later and plenty of time reading general science fiction.

So, it was inevitable that a new Star Wars-themed installation scheduled to appear at the Montreal Science Centre in April and the Telus World of Science in Edmonton, Canada in October would catch our eye.

The exhibit, “Star Wars Identities,” explores “the science of identity through the characters of Star Wars,” according to a November 2011 post on the official Star Wars Web site. The exhibit’s central question — ”What forces shape you?” — was introduced in this Rorschach-style promotional video created in November by the Canadian ad firm Bleublancrouge:

The exhibit is also being promoted by six posters that blend the scenery and underlying elements of the Star Wars series into some of its more iconic characters. The illustrations were created by Louis Hebert in conjunction with Bleublancrouge, X3 Productions and Lucasfilm.

Each poster, for those unfamiliar with the series, uses basic elements from the film in a collage to re-create each of six characters, robot C-3P0, villain Darth Vader, Jedi sage Yoda, heroine Princess Queen Amidala (thanks, “Blackcloud1”!), a stormtrooper and bounty hunter Boba Fett. The posters — very much in the style of artist Charis Tsevis — each represent a commentary on the characters through the elements used to create their likeness.

Items from the Lucasfilm archives are also slated to be featured in the exhibit, which will premier in Canada a little over a month after the death of noted Star Wars illustrator Ralph McQuarrie.

Are you booking a ticket to Canada right now? If so (and if not) let us know what you think of the upcoming exhibit in the comments below.

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