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Videos / April 27, 2015

Paulette Phillips Interrogates the Art World: Studio Visit

Artist Paulette Phillips uses a lie-detector machine to study the art world's capacity for truth. David Balzer finds out more in this studio-visit video.

Over the past few years, Toronto-based artist Paulette Phillips has been studying the art world’s capacity for truth, using a lie-detector machine from the 1970s to measure it. Phillips’s studio is on the top two floors of her Queen West home. She keeps the installation setup of the project on the first floor; on the second, art, true crime and forensics books surround drawers of meticulously organized polygraphs she’s done with artists, writers and curators in Canada and around the world.

Associate editor David Balzer and video intern Byron Chan recently visited Phillips’s studio to take a deeper look at this fascinating project.

David Balzer

David Balzer is the author of two books, Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, winner of ICA London's 2015 Book of the Year, and the short-fiction collection Contrivances. He has written about art and culture for the Globe and Mail, the GuardianFrieze, Artforum, The Believer and others, and from 2016 to 2019 was editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Canadian Art.