Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio take art practice outside of the boundaries of the (art) system and to open it up to multiple possibilities bringing creativity into all areas of life. “Artists Need To Create On The Same Scale That Society Has The Capacity To Destroy.”
The Metabolic Studio practices on physical and social brownfields—places that are incapable of supporting life. Since 2005 the Metabolic Studio has focused on land and water use in the city of Los Angeles and by extension in the Intermountain West. Through working with local, state and federal agencies we often encounter systemic aversion to innovation.
At the heart of the Metabolic Studio’s practice are “devices of wonder”. These devices have the capacity to shift stagnation inherent in any given system and thereby have a transformative effect by creating momentum. All the actions listed below have happened in the public realm nor were they supported by outside agencies. They were constructed as ephemeral interventions in social space. The exception to that is Bending the River Back into the City, which should it happen, will be the only permanent work in the "Metabolic Cycle".