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 a screening of One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Artist Cut 2015 at the Muskoka Independent Film Festival (Rosseau, Ontario Canada) August 28 through August 30, 2015. For screening date and time click here.

  • Don't miss the screening of One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Artist Cut 2015 at the 6th Annual Awareness Film Festival September 10-20, 2015 at LA Live or their screening studio close to downtown. Click here for tickets!

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Artist Cut 2015 will be screening at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equaltiy (IFFPIE) 2015. The Festival runs September 14-22, 2015 in Jakarta to celebrate the United Nations World Peace Day 2015. For more information click here.

  • Just announced! One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, will be screening at the 35th annual Breckenridge Film Fest September 17-20, 2015. Special screening—Saturday, September 19, 7 am - 9am. For more information click here.

  • Join us for a screening of One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Artist Cut 2015 at the 8th annual Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest this fall during October 16-18, 2015. Screening date tbd. Click here for more info.

  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents The Water Picnic, original script & direction by Chris Langley (a historic event about the taking of the Alabama Gates being told in contemporary times) Sunday October 18 at 7pm at the Double L Saloon


  • November 11, 2015 Respect and a BBQ our 6th annual celebration and honoring of veterans held at Arcadia's Garden at the WLA VA. 

  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents Twilight Zone's: The Rip Van Winkle Caper Sunday, November 22 at 7pm at the Double L Saloon

  • Application for ROSE, COALITION OF WATERSHEDS passport apply HERE

  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents War of the Worlds script adaptation and direction by Jon Klusmire Sunday, December 13 at 7pm at the Double L Saloon

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

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