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EXHIBITION: the moving copy

the moving copy presents Trinity Square Video’s 2017 Themed Commissions, which were produced over an August residency at the centre.

Kiera Boult

Featuring works by Amanda Boulos, Kiera Boult, Monica Maria Moraru, Fallon Simard, Wendy Whaley, Amelia Zhang.
with a parallel commissioned text by Aaditya Aggarwal

5 – 23 September 2017
Opening Reception: 8 September 20176-8PM

the moving copy presents Trinity Square Video’s 2017 Themed Commissions, which were produced over an August residency at the centre.

Inspired by Hito Steyerl’s text “In Defense of the Poor Image” (2009), the 2017 Themed Commission examines the copy, its power to generate alternative economies of images, and its refusal of institutionalized structures of authorship, ownership, and intellectual property. In this post-Internet era, the copy produces “a snapshot of the affective condition of the crowd.” While the authenticity of an image is undetermined, endless transfers and reconfiguring indicate the countless individuals who are devoted enough to upload, edit, and post. The copy develops value through its circulation, building momentum and intensity through sharing, while also connecting detached global audiences. 

the moving copy considers daily phases of creation, appropriation, intake, and reappropriation. The theme is charged with the task to extend the definition of production, circulation, and distribution – to push the power of the shared image to present alternative perspectives, disrupt ideologies of ownership, and map networks of collective histories.

Accompanying these new media artworks is a commissioned text by Aaditya Aggarwal, titled A Fictional Account of a Personal Matter. 


Aaditya Aggarwal was the 2016 Online Editorial Intern at Canadian Art and the Sid Adilman Mentee at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and Screen Daily. Aaditya has also contributed writing to online publications like The New Inquiry, The Review and The Ethnic Aisle. He is currently the Programming Coordinator for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Amanda Boulos recently graduated from the MFA program at the University of Guelph and received her BFA from York University. Her work on Palestinian diasporic narratives and histories is nominated for this year’s RBC Painting Competition. She also develops these themes in video works such as Rouche Jump and Cut, which was screened at Whippersnapper Gallery in late 2016, and an in-progress series for Trinity Square Video’s the moving copy residency.

Kiera Boult is an interdisciplinary artist whose practices employ comedy and performance as institutional critique. Boult’s practice is centered around the margins of geography and identity, examining the duality of her location as both a Hamilton and Toronto based artist and her navigation of her biracial identity. Boult is a recent graduate of OCAD University with a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practices which informs her current practice.

Monica Maria Moraru is a Romanian born visual artist who lives and works in Toronto. Her practice spans painting, photography, video, and multi-media installation. Her work at Trinity Square Video uses video and sculptural ceramic objects to engage a relationship with material, using sand as a subject to explore recurring themes of agency, authorship and artistic labor.

Fallon Simard is an Anishinaabe artist and scholar. They are from Couchiching First Nation from the Grand Council of Treaty #3 Territory. Fallon’s work interrogates state violence and mental health in so far as it is perpetuated on to Indigenous bodies. Their practice is comprised of video, sound, and animation. They hold a Masters of Art from the Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media, and Design Program from OCAD University.

After originally receiving her AOCA from Integrated Media at OCAD in 1996, Wendy Whaley spent 20 years in Visual Effects in the film industry. Now Wendy is currently back at OCADU pursuing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design where she is exploring frisson, liminal states of consciousness and perception (proprioception, exteroception and interoception).

Born in Vancouver, Amelia Zhang grew up in the international community in Beijing and currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her work engages critically with techno futurist themes often focusing on the ethical implications of it. She works in a wide range of mediums, with a particular focus on apparel and new media technologies. She is interested in exploring a methodology of post digital craft. Her work has been exhibited in China, Italy, US and Canada. She is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.