James Cameron is a polymath — a film-maker, marine explorer, NASA advisor and leading advocate for the protection of our oceans and environment...

Game Changer: James Cameron

Location:

2 Angel Pl
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
City Recital Hall

Speakers

Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer was completing a PhD in pure mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702. The author of The Little Book of Numbers, Adam explained his love of prime numbers and the magic of maths to an enraptured TED audience in early 2013. Since being posted online, his talk has had over two million views. Adam is the ambassador for many charities including Redkite and in 2014 was appointed University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Maths and Science. He also co-hosts Australia’s often No 1 podcast, Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl. Adam’s latest books include The Big Book of Numbers, World of Numbers, Time Machine and The Number Games.

James Cameron

Director, writer, producer, film-maker and explorer

James Cameron is an acclaimed film-maker and explorer. As director, writer and producer he is responsible for some of the most memorable films of the past three decades: The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Termintaor 2: Judgement Day, True Lies, Titanic, and Avatar

Cameron has been an avid scuba diver since 1969, logging over 3000 hours underwater. In 1995, Cameron made 12 manned-submersible dives to the Titanic wreck in preparation for his feature film, using new camera and lighting technology designed for that expedition. The expedition fueled his desire to turn to documentary filmmaking, and he formed Earthship Productions to develop films about ocean exploration and conservation.

His team's survey of the inside of the Titanic wreck in 2001 was the subject of Cameron's film, Ghosts of the Abyss. Using advanced fiber-optic-spooling ROV’s he co-designed, Cameron flew seven survey missions inside the wreck, bringing to light the surviving vestiges of its past glory. And using 3D deep-ocean cameras designed by himself and Vince Pace, and using a large lighting vehicle commissioned for the expedition, Cameron recorded unprecedented vistas of the wreck’s exterior.

In May of 2002, Cameron piloted his robotic cameras inside the wreck of Bismarck, which resulted in the Discovery Channel documentary, James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck. Cameron's team then made three expeditions to deep hydrothermal vent sites in the Atlantic, Pacific and Sea of Cortez, comprising over 30 dives, which became the subject of Aliens of the Deep. He was joined in his exploration by a team of young scientists to study how life forms discovered there might represent life we may one day find on other planets and moons in our solar system.

In 2012, Cameron led his eighth deep ocean expedition. His engineering team had previously spent seven years building a unique manned submersible, the Deepsea Challenger, which he co-designed with Ron Allum. During sea trials in the New Britain Trench off Papua New Guinea, Cameron dove solo to 5 miles (8 km) depth, imaging and sampling new organisms in the previously unexplored trench. On March 26 Cameron made a record-breaking solo dive to the earth’s deepest point, piloting the sub 7 miles (11 kilometers) to the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. The expedition included biologists and geologists, and the samples and images collected are shedding unprecedented light on the virtually unknown habitats of the New Britain Trench, Challenger Deep and Sirena Deep. 68 new species were discovered, including the world’s deepest bacterial mats living off of serpentinization at 35,500’ depth in the Sirena Deep.

Cameron is a member of the Deep Submersible Pilots Association, and he is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence, and recipient of their most prestigious award, the Hubbard Medal, as well as the Explorer’s Club medal for Explorer of the Year. He is a member of Ocean Elders, as well as the advisory boards of Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Center for Marine Robotics at WHOI.

As an explorer, Cameron has been equally fascinated by outer as well as inner space. He was a co-investigator, involved in the development of the Mastcam camera, which is currently sending images back from the surface of Mars from its vantage point atop the recently landed Curiosity rover (Mars Science Laboratory). Cameron served on the NASA Advisory Council for three years, is an active member of the Mars Society and the Planetary Society, serves on the Caltech Space Innovation Council, and remains as committed to the exploration of space as he is to the exploration and conservation of the oceans. He is currently involved in the development of the Europa Lander mission at JPL.

He is also passionately involved in sustainability issues, having founded the Avatar Alliance Foundation. He and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, also founded the Plant Power Task Force to promote awareness of the impact of animal agriculture on the environment.

He is currently in production on Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5.

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Event Details

James Cameron is a polymath — a film-maker, marine explorer, NASA advisor and leading advocate for the protection of our oceans and environment. You probably know him best as the highest-grossing film-maker in history with blockbusters Avatar, Titanic, The Abyss, the Terminators and Aliens to his credit. Now get to know more about James’ thirst for scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Not only was James the first person to descend to the Mariana Trench — the deepest place on the planet — as a solo pilot, he also co-designed the unique vertical submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER that was built in Sydney. 

Whether he’s directing films or engineering ways to get cameras onto NASA missions, James has always been able to innovate and leverage the latest technologies to introduce the public to new ideas.

Dive deep into the creative genius that is James Cameron when he talks about bridging science and art, documenting marine life forms and all that a lifetime of exploration has revealed.

He will be in conversation with Australia’s own polymath — Adam Spencer. Adam is well known as a lover of numbers, science, football and films.

The James Cameron Vivid Ideas ticket also includes entry to the James Cameron - Challenging the Deep exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.

When: 5pm, Sunday 27 May
Where: City Recital Hall

 

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Tickets to the James Cameron - Challenging the Deep exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum can be purchased directly from the Australian National Maritime Museum. Refer below for more information.

 

 

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep

 

Journey to the depths of our oceans in this major new immersive exhibition exploring James Cameron’s historymaking expeditions to the deep, his passion for ocean science and technology, and his pioneering work in underwater film-making.

When: 29 May 2018 - 30 Jan 2019
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum

CREDIT
Photo: Mark Thiessen/Nat Geo Creative

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Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.