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 MAN AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN (1947) radio play in Antelope Valley on April 26 at 2pm—location tba, please check back for more details.

  • The land that hosts the West Los Angeles VA campus was originally donated to the VA under an 1888 deed restriction that created a charitable trust requiring the land to be used as a permanent home for veterans. This March 3, marks the 127th Anniversary of the Deed of 1888.

  • Jeremy Rosenberg & Lauren Bon present and sign Under Spring: Voices+art+Los Angeles 
    March 10 at 7 pm at Book Soup (8818 Sunset Blvd. W. Hollywood 90069).

  • Upcoming Event! After the Aqueduct at LACE March 4, 2015.
    Click here for more information.

  • Hammer Projects: Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio will feature an immersive sonic work, The Catch, 2015. 
    On view at the Hammer March 8! For more information click here.

  • Application for ROSE, COALITION OF WATERSHEDS passport apply HERE

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

  • Save the Date for the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference March 24-28, 2015 in Manhattan, KS.
    Lauren is the Keynote speaker and will be discussing the Intermountain West and Beyond. For more details click here.

  • La Noria, the waterwheel will create a river the connects to the Arroyo Seco. Water lifted from the LA River bed will reenter the city creating the possibility for cooling, planting and playing and place making.

  • Upcoming Exhibition! The Liminal Camera: Chicago May 15-August 10, 2015 at DePaul Art Museum. The Liminal Camera: Chicago will feature newly-commissioned photographs made in and around Chicago by Lauren Bon, Richard Nielsen, and Tristan Duke of the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio.

  • The Metabolic Studio announced its 2014 Chora Prize will be awarded to Detroit activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs in recognition of the work that spans her lifetime. For the press release click here

  • Join Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA March 26-30, 2015 as we screen One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, 2013.