Letter from the Editors

A new destination for critical engagement with contemporary art from around the globe.

Artlab Editors

Welcome to Artlab Editorial: a home for writing on contemporary art, and the universe beyond. Artlab at Hyundai Motor collaborates around the world, currently supporting the annual...

Welcome to Artlab Editorial: a home for writing on contemporary art, and the universe beyond. Artlab at Hyundai Motor collaborates around the world, currently supporting the annual Hyundai Commission in Tate’s Turbine Hall, the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and exhibitions and programming at museums including LACMA and MMCA, as well as creating platforms for artists, curators, engineers, and technologists to think about the ways art and life will look tomorrow and into the future. Artlab Editorial takes these projects as starting points.

Launching this month are pieces that look back, and ones that look forward. Rahel Aima connects with the artists using technology to create new communities, Hunter Braithwaite considers the way viewing has and hasn’t changed since the first Venice Biennale, and Allie Biswas explores transnational Surrealism and what we can learn from the movement’s political activism. Check back in the coming weeks for new pieces around the upcoming exhibitions, Web3, and new developments in sound art.

We believe that rigorous research and critical thinking shape society’s path forward. In collaboration with the world’s biggest artists and those whose legacies are still taking shape, Artlab seeks to spark connections, expand minds, and collectively consider new ways of shaping reality. As an extension of this, Artlab Editorial explores the footnotes, the detours, the histories and implications of modern and contemporary art.

We are fascinated by the ways artists and audiences connect in intimate moments and on a global scale. From exclusive conversations with artists and curators to commissioned texts from creative minds both within and beyond the art world, we publish pieces that are both reflections on contemporary art and aesthetic experiences of their own. As ideas evolve, we follow them, exploring new atmospheres, subjectivities, tomorrows.

Artlab Editorial is an opportunity to better understand the past, reconsider the contemporary, and envision the future. Because encountering an artwork—that momentary glimpse of something different—can spur a conversation powerful enough to change everything. Artlab Editorial is here to document that change.

Yours truly,

Artlab Editors