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; interrogating 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. The imagery stands apart from other contemporary photographs and evokes the expeditionary survey masterpieces of the American West made in the 1860s and 1870s at the time of the gold and silver rush which is a subject of the Metabolic Studio’s inquiry.

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. 


  • Application for ROSE, COALITION OF WATERSHEDS passport apply HERE

  • 100 Conversation About Water: Please join us for Conversation Number 83 Water is LIFE: Indigenous Perspectives on October 24, 2014 @ 7-9 PM at Mark Taper Auditorium at the Los Angeles Public Library
    630 W 5th St (enter at S Flower St), Los Angeles, CA 90071

  • Join Optics Division and the Liminal Camera at the Chicago Humanities Festival from October 25 to November 2, 2014. 

  • The Ed P. Reyes Archive is now on view to the public by apointment on Wednesday afternoons through the end of October between 1-4 pm. To make an appointment email:

  • Congratulations to Owens Valley Growers Cooperative on the news of their grant from the USDA's Local Food Promotion Program to establish a Cooperative Center in Independence with a local produce hub and a certified shared kitchen facility for product development. A significant step in the direction of food sovereignty in the valley! 

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

  • The Metabolic Studio is Hosting 100 Conversations About Water During the Centenary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Please join us for Conversation Number 85: POETRY SPLASH! Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 7–9 p.m. at the Double L Bar, Lone Pine.