Derived from the Greek word for change, "metabolism” is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes. 

Ms. Bon is trained as an architect and is a practicing visual artist. Her Metabolic Studio creates "devices of wonder" that are specific to sites; investigating land and water use and positing new modalities in thinking and behavior. The Inter-Mountain West, stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada is a terrain formed by the forces of water and fire over glacial time. It is our shared watershed that is the focus of the geographic scope of the Metabolic Studio’s work.

The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio returns photography to its simplest technology, building its own tools and sourcing its own chemistry and even mining silver to produce emulsion. The Optics Division’s handmade processing and silver mining allude to the independent maker of images and the alchemy of silver and water and dust.

The Sonic Division of the Metabolic Studio uses sound as energy to remediate brownfields. Turning a silo on the edge of the Owens Dry Lake Bed into a musical instrument that plays itself—and reconnecting this industrial ruin with the city of Los Angeles, 240 miles away through sound. The Sonic Division plays, like sirens to ship wrecked sailors, weekly and filters that sound through  the silos that sit on the lake 240 miles away. 

 

News
  • This fall join Optics Division and the Liminal Camera at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The camera will be on view during the exhibition from October 22, 2016 thru the end of November. For more information click.

     

  • Join us for Explorer's Club #27 at the Metabolic Studio Thursday, September 15 at 1 pm for a presentation by Tim Leanse of KCHUNG Radio. Tim will present about this Chinatown based radio station's completely non commercial, egalitarian and innovative creative programming, broadcasts and public events. Please rsvp to info@metabolicstudio.org

     

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) won a juried award in the Documentary (history category) at the Intendence Film Festival 2016 in Denver, CO.

     

  • Just announced One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) takes the Kodiak prize at the 2016 Alaska International Film Awards!

     

  • The 2016 Mexico International Film Festival announced the Golden Palm Award winner: Documentary feature competition winner: One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (2015 Artist Cut) and Music Video competition winner: The Deed of 1888 music video directed by Lauren Bon.

  • SAVE THE DATE as the Metabolic Studio will be particpating in the 11th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Doheny Memorial Library on the USC University Park Campus. 

  • Friday Happy Hours at the Gertrude Stein Salon—now open for visitors on Main Street in Lone Pine on Fridays with tea from 6:00-8:00 pm. The Salon is open for groups, meetings, visits by appointment by calling 800-571-0745.

  • For a limited time, watch the One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) at this link.
    Review our News Archive to see where this film has screened in the last year as well as the awards it has received.

     

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) will screen in the Ukraine at the Southway Festival in Mykolaiyv in June 2016.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) — screening August 26-28, 2016 at the Wolves Indepenent International Film Festival, Lithuania. 

  • Application for ROSE, COALITION OF WATERSHEDS passport apply HERE

  • Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles by Jeremy Rosenberg published by Heyday Press is now available. Order Here

  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents Walter Benjamin's The Cold Heart in the fall of 2016 at the Double L Salon in Lone Pine.

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.