Post-Human Infrastructure

with Lauren Bon

Since colonization, continents have been re-shaped to bring water and power to cities and regions to fuel growth and capitalist economies. The scale of these changes is staggering. The North American continent includes 24,709,000 sq. km (9,540,0000 sq. miles) and the Australian continent includes 2,941,3000 sq. km (7,617,930 sq. miles). Drawing lines in the earth from government offices with little to no care or knowledge of place and centralized decision making and planning has created dire consequences.

How can we as artists make visible the un-seen and shift the convention? How does blockchain technology and Web 3.0 provide an adaptive re-use of information infrastructure to help co-create a borderless and interdependent world?

These questions will be explored while going through an Earth repair primer driven by backyards and community gardens. The primer will include building soil, understanding rot, radical mycology, water salvage, micro-grid energy construction, sound as bioremediation and sourcing and working with clay.

Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio explores self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems of exchange that feed emergent properties that regenerate the life web. Farmlab is a team within Metabolic Studio that focuses on this regeneration. In each weekly class, a Farmlab team member will also join to assist in sharing and discussing specific primer focus areas.

Office Hours: Thursdays 7pm EST

Sep 21st - Nov. 2nd

Wednesdays
7 pm -9:30 pm EST

16
Students

$1,250
USD

Lauren Bon is an environmental artist from Los Angeles, CA. Her practice, Metabolic Studio, explores self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems of exchange that feed emergent properties that regenerate the life web. Some of her works include: Not A Cornfield, which transformed and revived an industrial brownfield in downtown Los Angeles into a thirty-two-acre cornfield for one agricultural cycle; 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, a 240-mile performative action that aimed to reconnect the city of Los Angeles with the source of its water for the centenary of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Her studio’s current work, Bending the River, aims to utilize Los Angeles’ first private water right to deliver 106-acre feet of water annually from the LA River to over 50 acres of land in the historic core of downtown LA. This model can be replicated to regenerate the 52-mile LA River, reconnect it to its floodplain and form a citizens’ utility.

Bending The River, Photo Collage 2022
Bending The River, Ceramic Pipe Photo Collage 2022
5000 lbs, 78 Federal, State, and Local Permits Triangle cut lifted from the concrete jacket of the Los Angeles River revealing the original floodplain that had been sealed for over 75 years. This was part of the first phase of construction for Bending the River.
Lauren Bon Accretion, 2020 Steel, saline solution, solar charge, mounted on steel base with glass 14h x 14w x 14d in
AgH2O, As if it were not enough that Los Angeles drained water from the Eastern Sierra to expand into the San Fernando Valley, its major industry and part of the reason for the cityʼs growth were also being supported through mining in the same region, an ecological double jeopardy. Lauren Bon is using this set of entwined histories to make visible the effects of the historic resource extraction on both the Owens Valley and the city to the south.

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