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. 


  • Join us for Explorer's Club #32 at the Metabolic Studio Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 1 pm for the presentation Bringing Home the Medicine: Nicholas Hummingbird will share his prayerful and peaceful adventure standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and 200+ tribal nations to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. After the presentation, we will give a walking tour of our new site name the Moon. Please rsvp at

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist's Cut, 2015) will screen at the Berlin Independent Film Festival on October 27, 2016. 

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist's Cut, 2015) will screen at the Equus Film Festival in NYC—November 17-20, 2016 at the Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Avenue at 12th Street, New York, 10003.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.