Over a decade ago, this internationally renowned science exhibition with natural human specimens left SoCal audiences in awe. Now, it’s back in L.A. with “BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within,” offering the first-ever VR experience with a full 360-degree view inside of the body.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what our bodies are composed of and how our intricate biological systems function together, then this is the only immersive anatomy class you’ll ever need. You’ll go below the skin’s surface and discover every layer of the human physical form through its various development stages.
“BODIES 2.0” begins with the skeletal system and continues through to the integumentary systems which are all presented in a real-life state. It’s a unique and one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn what it really means to be alive. You’ll be able to marvel at a whole heart and trace a drop of blood through the entire circulatory system, see what happens to the lungs of a smoker, and how long our intestine is when it’s stretched out. Then, once you’ve seen it from the outside, you can take a 7-minute virtual tour from the inside for an extra fee.
If you’re questioning why there’s a need for actual bodies, it’s primarily due to the limitation in capturing the variation in structure or pathologies with constructed models. According to the organizers, the plastination preservation process is a way of synthesizing the understanding of our individuality and just how unique our genetic makeup is.
Embalming human bodies began over 4,000 years ago in what the ancient Egyptians called mummification, and 2,000 years ago, European civilizations started the dissection of human bodies. While our motivations may have changed over the years, the practice has continued to evolve and serve to deepen our medical knowledge. “BODIES 2.0” seeks to use “polymer impregnation” to create a highly informative experience that provides an unmatched look at the delicate parts and processes that create human life.
Catch this astonishing exhibit at the Santa Monica Art Museum through October 15, 2022.
Location: 1219 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401