A major new exhibition about the deep-sea expeditions of world renowned director James Cameron will premiere at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in May, with Cameron himself visiting Sydney to officially open it.
James Cameron – Challenging the Deep will immerse guests in our incredible oceans through large projections showing Cameron’s most exciting underwater adventures, as well as rare artefacts, specimens, and props from his feature films.
“Quite apart from his film career, James Cameron’s passion for the deep oceans and scientific pursuits have placed him at the forefront of underwater exploration,” ANMM museum director and chief executive officer Kevin Sumption PSM says.
“We are delighted to develop this exhibition in collaboration with James Cameron and the Avatar Alliance Foundation, to share the important contributions he has made to the world of maritime heritage and to highlight the importance of our oceans.”
Cameron has led eight major deep-sea expeditions and many submersible dives assisted by oceanographic and scientific institutions, to explore black smoker hydrothermal vents and discover new species.
He has also set many world firsts including being the first to solo dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the first to explore the interior wreck of RMS Titanic, and the first seafloor-to-surface live broadcast.
Visitors will enter the exhibition through a recreation of an MIR submersible, which leads into a sound and light space evoking the ocean’s Twilight Zone. They will be able to watch Cameron’s historic solo dive 11,000 metres down to the Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench in the Deepsea Challenger submersible, co-designed by Cameron himself, along with artefacts he collected on this dive.
The exhibition showcases unique diving helmets and original miniatures of terrestrials and alien vessels used in the making of 1988 science-fiction classic The Abyss, and lets guests explore the Titanic wreck with props and costumes.
The exhibition will run from 29 May 2018 to 30 January 2019.