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. 


  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents The Water Picnic Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 7pm at the Double L Saloon

  • 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.

  • The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival presents the New York premiere screening One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist's Cut 2015) featuring an original score by Metabolic Studio Sonic Division Sunday, October 25 at 8 pm at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003. View the trailer. For tickets

  • Miami Independent Film Festival 2015 screens One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Artist's Cut 2015.



  • Special Los Angeles west side screening of One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artis Cut, 2015) followed by a Q & A at THE VIDIOTS FOUNDATION on November 5, 2015 at 8pm, located at 302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA.

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

  • Princeton Independent Film Festival selects One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Artist's Cut 2015 as part of their Featured Filmmakers for 2015-2016 series.

  • 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

  • Just announced! One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Artist's Cut 2015 receives Honorable Mention from the SAMO Indie Film Festival 2015.

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.