Travelling ExhibitionsArchaeology, Cinema

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Location
Travelling Exhibition
Client
X3 Productions
Surface area
1000 m² / 10,764 sq ft
Completion date
2011
Overview

Thirty years after silver-screen archaeologist Indiana Jones embarked on his first quest, GSM was given the opportunity to collaborate with Lucasfilm in the creation and development of an international travelling exhibition celebrating Indy and his practice.

A journey to the heart of archaeology

This journey to the heart of archaeology looked at the contrast between historical fact and cinematic fiction and took shape thanks to an association with two other Montreal firms: BleuBlancRouge and Équipe Spectra. Together, they created the multi-disciplinary team X3 Productions.

In an environment full of mystery, adventure, and discovery, two collections are presented side by side.

GSM Project

The first, provided by the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, featured props, costumes, and concept art from the making of the films, while the other, on loan from the Penn Museum, the National Geographic Society, and Laval University, showcased real archaeological artefacts. This original dual approach allowed the pop culture of the Indiana Jones films to pave the way for the scientific content presented in the exhibition.

An interactive quest

The video companion, a multimedia guide, led visitors throughout the exhibition and showed clips from the films of the hero undergoing these very archaeological processes. The guide also allowed visitors to participate in the exhibition’s interactive component—the virtual treasure hunt, an adventure for everyone!

Summary

Four emblematic objects from the films (the Ark of the Covenant, the Sankara Stones, the Holy Grail, and the Crystal Skull) were the centrepieces to four fascinating and immersive sections introducing visitors to the evolution of archaeological scientific techniques and research. The video companion, a multimedia guide, led visitors throughout the exhibition and showed clips from the films of the hero undergoing these very archaeological processes.