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Another City Is Possible08:20

Lauren Bon is an ecological artist and 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 Back into the City, 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. Bon and Metabolic Studio have begun to realize this model by beginning to "undevelop" a Los Angeles River adjacent property, regenerating the soil to form a novel urban ecosystem. Four years into this work, it has created a self-generating and self-complicating urban haven best illustrated by the biological diversity that has re-emerged. They are looking to reinvigorate the endangered life web by creating urban island ecologies that can flourish.

Crew Credits -

Creator and Executive Producer - Hernan Diaz Alonso
Producers - Marcelyn Gow/Reza Monahan
Director - Reza Monahan
Director of Photography - Sean Morris
B Camera - Robert Moreno
C Camera - Armeen Monahan
Lighting - Walker Sayen
Sound Engineer - Chris Trueman

Story Producer - Caroline Post
Editors - Ben Neufeld/Reza Monahan
Sound Mixer - Christina Nguyen

Soundtrack by: Metabolic Studio

Additional Images provided by: Metabolic Studio

Special Thanks to Various Small Fires

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