Sounds of the Silos:

The Sonic Division creates sound works in and around the project locations. The resulting continuous soundscape, A One Hundred Year Requiem to Water, is streamed live on IOURADIO.ORG and provides the sonic backdrop to many of the studio projects, both mobile and in locations in Los Angeles.

For archived recordings on SoundCloud, please click this link

DEATH VALLEY SCOTT—a special benefit performance by IOU Theatre on 1.30.16 at Furnace Creek Visitor's Center for Death Valley Natural History Association to help with flood recovery efforts for Scotty's Castle is now available on podcasts, click here.




Lauren Bon


Annenberg Foundation
Lauren Bon is a trustee of the Annenberg Foundation. She engages her full time studio team in “citizen philanthropy”. Her studio in East Los Angeles has engaged with community for more than a decade—blurring the distinction between the funder and the funded. Connecting her creative practice with her trusteehood has enabled a scope and scale and pace of practice that answers the motto the studio works by: “Artists Need To Create On The Same Scale That Society Has The Capacity To Destroy.”


Explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others.

  • Two Optics Division prints [Hoosick: The Beyone Place 1 and Hoosick: The Beyond Place 2] have been commissioned by MASS MoCA and will be unveiled at their newly renovated building opening May 28, 2017. These images will be on view until 2019. For more information, click here

  • Register Now for the 2017 Art + Environment Conference Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, October 21, 2017. Join Lauren and other artists at the symposium as they discuss the Greater West. 

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct book has been selected to be a part of the INFOCUS Juried Exhibiton of Self-Published Photobooks. Now on view December 2, 2016–April 9, 2017 at the Phoenix Art Museum. 

  • Reimagine Everything Print workshop Thursday nights from 5-9 pm (until further notice) for anyone who would like to come silkscreen a shirt or paint a poster or protest image. Please RSVP to and let us know which Thursday you would like to come to. Our kitchen will be open for potluck sharing and live music will be played by the Metabolic Studio Sonic Division. Suggested donations appreciated in the form of used clothing for people to print on—and or some food and drink to share with whomever shows up to print that night.

  • Sonic Division weekly public listening at Metabolic Studio Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. 
    Our kitchen will be open for potluck sharing and suggested donations appreciated in the form of food and drink to share.

  • 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.


  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.