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. 


  • The 2016 International Film Festival announced the Golden Palm Award winner: Documentary feature competition winner: One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (2015 Artist Cut) and Music Video competition winner: The Deed of 1888 music video directed by Lauren Bon.

  • The One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) has been selected to screen in the Intendence Film Festival June 24 & 25, 2016. Stay tuned for screening location and time. 

  • Friday Happy Hours at the Gertrude Stein Salon—now open for visitors on Main Street in Lone Pine on Fridays with tea from 2:30-4:30 pm. The Salon is open for groups, meetings, visits by appointment by calling 800-571-0745.

  • Life on the Lake photo exhibition opens at the Eastern California Museum in Independence, California on March 5, 2016 featuring photographs from the Metabolic Studio archive.


  • For a limited time, watch the One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) at this link.
    Review our News Archive to see where this film has screened in the last year as well as the awards it has received.


  • 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.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) — screening August 26-28, 2016 at the Wolves Indepenent International Film Festival, Lithuania. 

  • Application for ROSE, COALITION OF WATERSHEDS passport apply HERE

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

  • Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre presents Walter Benjamin's The Cold Heart in the fall of 2016 at the Double L Salon in Lone Pine.

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.