Chronology of Actions

2005–present
Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio take art practice outside of the boundaries of the (art) system and to open it up to multiple possibilities bringing creativity into all areas of life. “Artists Need To Create On The Same Scale That Society Has The Capacity To Destroy.”

The Metabolic Studio practices on physical and social brownfields—places that are incapable of supporting life. Since 2005 the Metabolic Studio has focused on land and water use in the city of Los Angeles and by extension in the Intermountain West. Through working with local, state and federal agencies we often encounter systemic aversion to innovation.

At the heart of the Metabolic Studio’s practice are “devices of wonder”. These devices have the capacity to shift stagnation inherent in any given system and thereby have a transformative effect by creating momentum. All the actions listed below have happened in the public realm nor were they supported by outside agencies. They were constructed as ephemeral interventions in social space. The exception to that is Bending the River Back into the City, which should it happen, will be the only permanent work in the "Metabolic Cycle".

News
  • Upcoming Event: The Woman's Building: Animating the Archives panel discussion at the LA Art Book Fair Sunday, February 26 from 11:30 - 1:00pm.
    Join Metabolic Studio researcher Laurelin Kruse and moderater curator-in-residence Charlotte Cotton.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct book has been selected to be a part of the INFOCUS Juried Exhibiton of Self-Published Photobooks. Now on view December 2, 2016–April 9, 2017 at the Phoenix Art Museum. 

  • Reimagine Everything Print workshop Thursday nights from 5-9 pm (until further notice) for anyone who would like to come silkscreen a shirt or paint a poster or protest image. Please RSVP to info@metabolicstudio.org and let us know which Thursday you would like to come to. Our kitchen will be open for potluck sharing and live music will be played by the Metabolic Studio Sonic Division. Suggested donations appreciated in the form of used clothing for people to print on—and or some food and drink to share with whomever shows up to print that night.

  • Sonic Division weekly public listening at Metabolic Studio Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. 
    Our kitchen will be open for potluck sharing and suggested donations appreciated in the form of food and drink to share.

  • Friday Happy Hours at the Gertrude Stein Salon—now open for visitors on Main Street in Lone Pine on Fridays with tea from 6:00-8:00 pm. The Salon is open for groups, meetings, visits by appointment by calling 800-571-0745.

  • One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) won a juried award in the Documentary (history category) at the Intendence Film Festival 2016 in Denver, CO.

     

  • Just announced One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist Cut, 2015) takes the Kodiak prize at the 2016 Alaska International Film Awards!

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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

  • View the Optics Division Collection Here.