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Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct Airs Thursday, May 8 at 9 PM

Artbound travels with Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio as they perform "One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct," a commemorative artist action to reconnect Los Angeles to its water supply by walking the entire 240-mile route of the Los Angeles Aqueduct with a team of 100 mules, airing Thursday, May 8 at 9 p.m. on KCET and Monday, May 12 at 8 p.m. on Link TV. Check local listings here.

This hour-long documentary captures the epic 240-mile journey along the Los Angeles aqueduct, commemorating the centenary of its opening on Nov. 5, 2013. The patient, steadfast pace of 100 mules over the course of 20 days provides a moment of meditation on the nature of our watershed. Mules were used to haul the gigantic pipes into place and transport the materials for the miles of concrete channels that exported water from The Eastern Sierra's to Los Angeles. The journey took place on Oct. 18, 2013, drawing the line between the Intake and the Cascades, the beginning and the end point of this engineered lifeline of the city of Los Angeles.

Featuring interviews with Michal Govan, President of LACMA, and Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve, "One Hundred Mules" marks the second part of the trilogy series presented by Artbound and Metabolic Studio. The first installment showcased Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O" project, which connects the elements mined from the Owens Valley, silver and water, to the emergence of the film industry. The trilogy concludes with Metabolic Studio's most ambitious project, "Bending the River into the City," a piece of engineering proposed for a new century in which the L.A. River will be dammed, its concrete jacket punctured and its water lifted sixty feet from the river basin to the top of a sixty foot water wheel before it is treated and redistributed in the city's first community water bank.

Check out all of Artbound's "AgH2O" content:


Artbound Special Episode 'AgH2O'

Silo

Artbound kicked off their third season with a one-hour special looking at Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O."



AgH2O: Silver, Water, and Pinhole Camera in a Silo

LADWP rehydration projects | Photo: Lauren Bon, AgH2O exhibition catalogue.

Lauren Bon's "Liminal Camera," comprised of a repurposed shipping container mounted on the back of a truck, captures the dessicated Owens Lake in large-scale photographs.



Liminal Elements: A Shipping Container Becomes a Camera Obscura

Liminal camera on Owens dry lake.

The "Liminal Camera," housed in a traveling shipping container, is both a one-of-a-kind camera and serves as its own photo processing center and storage facility.



De-silvering the Mirror: Mining for Film in the Owens Valley

Liminal camera through silo cams lens.

It is a little-known fact that some of the silver and chemicals to produce the films that made Hollywood the global center of the movie industry were extracted from the Owens Valley.



One Hundred Mules: Tracing L.A. Aqueduct with Lauren Bon

Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory

Lone Pine film historian Christopher Langley discusses working with Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio on the project AgH20.



Water, Pipeline, and 100 Mules

A team of 52 mules hauls a section of pipe for one of the siphons on the Los Angeles Aqueduct. | Photo: Courtesy of the Eastern California Museum.

Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio will perform "One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct," a commemorative artist action to connect Los Angeles to its water supply.



Camera Obscura: Photographing the Aqueduct

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, 1944. Photography by Ansel Adams. Courtesy of Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. Copyright the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

Nothing is as it seems in many images of the L.A. Aqueduct and its landscape. Take a look at a photographic history of the L.A. Aqueduct.



Riding Along the Aqueduct with '100 Mules'


In the Alabama Hills | Photo: Osceola Refetoff.

Chris Langley rides with Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studios' "100 Mules Walking the Aqueduct" through the scenic Alabama Hills to Lone Pine in the Owens Valley

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