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. 


  • Art & The L.A. River, a panel discussion Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 3-5 pm in The Balboa Room. The discussion will include perspectives from artists and individuals invested in exploring natural resources through their art and social practices. Participants include: Lauren Bon, Norma Medina and Victor Hugo Zayas. FREE ADMISSION, Space is limited. RSVP required, call 562-437-1689.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) is an official selection at the All Lights India International Film Festival in Kochi, India November 15 – 19, 2015

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) will screen in Vision LA '15 Climate Action Arts Festival December 1, 2015 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) will screen in Vision LA '15 Climate Action Arts Festival December 6, 2015 at the Helms Design Center 8800 Venice Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90034 United States

  • 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

  • Selected works from Lenny Steinberg design are now on view:

    Saturday, November 14 from 3 - 7 pm, and  Wednesday November 18  from 3 -6 pm.

    Wednesdays, December 2 and 9 between 3-6 pm and Saturday, December 19 from 3-7 pm.

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  • Application for ROSE, COALITION OF WATERSHEDS passport apply HERE

  • 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.

  • Just Announced One Hudred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) will screen at the Idyllwild Internaltional Festival of Cinema January 5-10, 2016.

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

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) will screen in the Ukraine at the Southway Festival in Mykolaiyv in June 2016.