Adelle Mills is an artist using mobile phones, chat and text forms, and performance to explore what they bring to the function of language.
I am concerned with the emotional resonances and conditions new technology imparts or permits within human communication. Recent works consider the performative quality of the text message and how a triadic structure between people and phones informs an intimacy predicated upon inherent tele-communicative distance.
In Posture Carriages (2016-17) I worked with the artist Kate Meakin to develop monologues of multiple characters. In the video Kate improvises the speech, mannerisms, idiosyncrasies and expressions of four unknown women. Historically, across my practice I have worked with people in group or individual performances to engage with how emotional information such as body languages or signals are communicated between people. Considering the 'screen test', in Posture Carriages unscripted monologues are transmitted between Kate and the camera as a proto-audience. At the time of filming, through the aid of feedback she is able to imagine a completely formulated persona by looking at her image on screen. The video explores the ease at which emotional information can be produced when imitating or performing narrative through persona.
This work was developed in part at the City of Yarra Room to Create Residency in 2017.