Fran Cottell and Marianne Mueller are an Artist and an Architect who have been collaborating on public interventions since 2010
– Pentagon Petal, The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, London, 2016 and Concrete Geometries, The Architectural Association, London 2011, as well as writing and talking about them.
Fran has produced performances and installations since the 1970s. Documentation from ‘A Meeting Outside of Time’ 1988, where fifty women took part in an act of walking (a traditional way of expressing the right to access) across an area of historically disputed territorial ownership, is currently exhibited in: ‘If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022’, The Hepworth, Wakefield. Over the last 22 years Fran has produces a series of increasingly provocative installations in her house as offsite projects for CGPLondon and Raven Row, documented in the book: Fran Cottell: the House Projects KTPress 2021.
Marianne Mueller is a German-British architect and academic. She is founding partner of international architecture practice Casper Mueller Kneer based in London and Berlin and Professor of Architectural Design and Building Typology at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart (ABK).
For b-side 2023
“The Line” is a walking performance re-drawing the lost line of a path in Portland’s heavily altered landscape due to the extensive extraction of natural stone. It is echoing b-side’s theme of ‘Common Lands’ by raising awareness and re-instating lost pathways across the island.
“The Line” builds on b-side’s pathways research project, continuing the conversation with local residents regarding rights of ways and access, developing proposals for temporary/permanent structures across this landscape in the future.