George Lucas has lent R2-D2 to the Victoria & Albert Museum Dundee, on loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, for their new exhibition titled Hello, Robot. It was unveiled by R2-D2 actor Jimmy Vee yesterday.
It is hoped the exhibition will help the V&A achieve soaring visitor numbers into the new year, as more than 800,000 people have already visited the museum in its first year.
Visitors are encouraged to think about the relationship between humans and robots.
One design project, Raising Robotic Natives, features a Baby Feeder, which questions whether parents should allow robots to assist with intimate interactions.
The feeder toolhead would save parents between 15-30 minutes per meal.
A new architectural commission was unveiled to demonstrate the creativity that can be achieved when humans and robots work together.
Up-Sticks was created by Gramazio Kohler and students of the MAS Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich using a collaborative human-robotic fabrication technique.
Made from over 2,000 sprung planks and beech dowels, the expressive construction twists and curves along the length of the gallery.
Other memorabilia on display include a 1927 poster for Fritz Lang’s influential sci-fi film Metropolis and androids used in the music video for Bjork’s song All is Full of Love.
Hello, Robot opens at the V&A Dundee today, November 2nd, and runs until February 9th.