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Family is a score
25 Aug 2016—10 Sept 2016

Family is a score is a solo exhibition of a new performance video by Adelle Mills.

‘I will, at some point, need a cigarette, but for now I am a baby’.

In Scenery for catharsis the speech, mood and body languages of the artist’s immediate family are described by use of a script. A series of short lines have been allocated to each ‘family member’ to be played by four actors who rotate in their lines using the script as a score. The artist has directed these actors as they move through family characters in an arrangement of dialogue and movement duplications from scene 1 through to scene 4. The artist’s memory finds – in part – its physical base in relation to her family, who like all bodies move with their own specificities. In speech the family is also distinct. When listening to these lines we read along the actor’s faces. Looking outward we see and hear in proximity to – the character that is different is also the same. To extract this family from the ‘scene’ we listen to “A voice” in relation to these movements. The Narrator, “A voice” speaks to the outside – she replicates with contrivance and ease. Using a script to develop choreography that is repeated within the score or ‘play’, the artist has allocated individual movements to each family member and it is the actors’ task to repeat and regulate these phases in determining the score.

Adelle Mills (b. 1987) has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, which included a semester of exchange to the Glasgow School of Art. Adelle also holds a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Australian Indigenous Studies from The University of Melbourne. Solo exhibitions include Family is a score, TCB Art Inc, Melbourne, 2016; Adelle Mills: 3 Day Exhibition, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles, 2015; Already Always, Flake, Melbourne, 2014; and selected group exhibitions include; Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2016; Splash Back, 55 Sydenham Road, Marrickville, Sydney 2016; Cold Like Concrete, ANU, Canberra 2016; NEW15, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2015; Transmission: Legacies of the Television Age, National Gallery of Victoria, 2015; Steam Engine, Gloria Knight, Auckland, 2014; Take No Lay Down, Slopes, Melbourne, 2014; and Loosely Speaking, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2013. Adelle is a Gertrude Contemporary 2015-17 studio artist, a 2016 recipient of a NAVA Australian Artist Grant, a 2015 recipient of the Marten Bequest for sculpture, and was a 2013 recipient of the ArtStart grant from the Australia Council.


Eloise Mignon
Anna McCarthy
Jimmy Nuttall
Peter Paltos

Tamara Saulwick

Second camera and editing assistant:
Olivia Koh