KCET Commemorates 100th Anniversary of L.A. Aqueduct

Special Artbound

Series Explores the Metabolic Studio's 'AgH20' and Kicks Off Artbound's Third


KCET's centenary initiative also features

in-depth coverage from BOOM magazine on Artbound and includes acclaimed

documentary, "Water Pressure" airing Oct. 27 on KCET

OCTOBER 3, 2013, BURBANK, CA---KCET, the nation's largest

independent public television station, will commemorate the 100th

anniversary of the completion of the Los Angeles aqueduct with a special series

on Artbound in partnership with the

Metabolic Studio led by artist Lauren Bon. The series debuts the third season

of Artbound, KCET's Emmy®-nominated

arts and culture transmedia initiative.


Also, as part of the aqueduct centennial

celebration, Artbound and Boom magazine have collaborated to

present engaging articles that ruminate on the ecological and societal impact

of the grand public-works project, and imagine the future of water in Southern

California. These articles can be found online at kcet.org/artbound beginning

this week with, "There It Is. Take It." by David L. Ulin.

In addition KCET will present the acclaimed documentary, "Water Pressure" with host Adrian Grenier that

explores the scarcity of drinking water around the globe.

"As the leading public media steward of the region, it is

not only important for us to commemorate and recognize the audacity of the

creation of the Los Angeles aqueduct, but also understand the social and

environmental effects it had on the region and the implications it has on our

future," said Juan Devis, KCETLink's vice president of Arts & Culture

programming. "The work that artist Lauren Bon is creating with the Metabolic

Studio demonstrates how art can impact our collective understanding of history

and the environment."

Kicking off season three of Artbound on Thursday, Oct.

at 9:30 p.m., a one-hour

special looks at Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O" project which connects the elements mined from the Owens Valley,

silver and water, to the emergence of the film industry. Silver mined from the

Owens Valley was shipped to Rochester, NY, where it was used to make film. That

film was then shipped back to Hollywood where films where made--often shot on

locations where the silver itself was from. 

In this episode, Artbound focuses on the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio.

The Optics Division is on a quest for the

perfect indexical image
, an image not just of the valley but made from the valley. The

team has been working on all aspects of production including the camera(s), the

film stock, the developers and fixatives
, all sourced from the dry lake bed.

Bon and The Optics Division's tools include the

"Liminal Camera," a portable camera

and darkroom housed in a shipping container. The team

can produce large black and white images matching the size of the container

itself in a few hours.

The special explores other tools that have been

developed by the Optics Division including "Silo Camera" located

a one hundred foot

silo on the edge of the Owens Dry Lake Bed and Mine Camera. The rig is being

used to see the mine shaft,
unused for nearly 100 years, that provided

the silver for the pioneering film industry.

Artbound will produce a second

special feature from "AgH20" as Bon and her team document

Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct."  This epic 240-mile journey along the Los

Angeles aqueduct commemorates the centenary of its opening on Nov. 5, 2013. The

patient, steadfast pace of one hundred 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, starting on Oct. 18, 2013, draws the line between

the Intake and the Cascades
, the beginning and the end point of this engineered life line of the city of Los Angeles. This

segment is scheduled to air winter 2014. 

This work is a prelude to the Metabolic Studio's next and

most ambitious project which Artbound

will also cover, "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.

"Water Pressure" Documentary

On Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m., KCET will air "Water Pressure," a film that documents the resource

in trouble around the world. 

is a central element of life, yet one in eight people worldwide--1.2

billion--lack access to safe drinking water. In the coming years, the water

scarcity in some drought-stricken regions will turn into a global crisis.

Hosted by actor-producer Adrian Grenier (HBO's Entourage), "Water Pressure" sheds light on this critical, complex

issue by documenting the partnership between villagers in water-distressed

Rajasthan, India and students and faculty at Northwestern University, situated

on the shores of Lake Michigan. Students in a Northwestern environmental policy

class see a model of conservation and community cooperation firsthand on a

10-day trip to India, where a leading nonprofit organization illustrates the power

of pairing traditional wisdom with simple teamwork to solve the water crisis in

the Thar Desert. They also meet with political leaders, corporate executives

and water experts to create their own local partnerships and try to make a

difference in their own communities.


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays

a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central

California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well

as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its

nearly 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and

regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and

documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's

programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET

is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about

KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community

events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.


With more than 50

columnists and cultural critics in 11 counties of Southern and Central

California, Artbound provides seeds

of engagement through articles, videos, projects and partners, who are

narrating the cultural stories of the region. The role of Artbound is not just to record, report and broadcast cultural

stories; its aim is to create mechanisms--be it partnerships, projects or

online tools--through which audiences can take direct action in the creation of

a common narrative.  Since its launch in

May 2012, Artbound has earned

numerous awards for its coverage of Southern California's unique narrative of

arts and culture, including a Southern California Journalism Award, a National

Entertainment Journalism Award, a Golden Mike Award as well as an Emmy®

nomination. The site was also named a Webby Award Official

Honoree and voted "Best Arts & Culture Site" by L.A. Weekly in 2012.


The practice of Lauren Bon and her team focuses on paradigm shifts,

producing devices of wonder to create the potential for transforming social,

political, and physical brownfields into healthy and productive living systems.



The 419-mile Aqueduct, considered a marvel in modern

engineering, began construction in 1908 and was completed Nov. 5, 1913.  The system reportedly supplies 600 million

gallons of drinking water a day driven by gravity from the Owens Valley to Los