Andreas Hiroui Larsson is a Swedish aesthetician, artist, artistic researcher, and musician.
He is a researcher at Stockholm University of the Arts, as part of the artistic research project Lethe (2020–23), which explores forgetfulness as an artistic method. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Larsson conducts an interdisciplinary artistic practice, in which his method of contextualising aspects of non-idiomatic improvisation, the non-productive attitude, and pluralist aesthetics, enables the concepts and materials to play the roles and fulfil the purposes of one another. Thus in terms of ontology, his works are – be it contemporary music, performative novels, or photographs – as much works of music and philosophy as they are works of art.
His works are published by Firework Edition and Firework Edition Records (SWE), Peter Lang (DE/US), Nutida Musik (SWE), Relative Pitch Records (US), Lethe (SWE/NO), Found You Recordings (SWE), Olof Bright (SWE/AT), Thanatosis Produktion (SWE), Pink Pamphlet (US/SWE), Ermatell (RU), and FMR (GB). His works are held in the collections of Princeton University Library (US), University Library Dresden (DE), Stockholm Public Library (SE), and Sachsska Children's Hospital in Stockholm (SE).
Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Postgraduate Studies Philosophy in the Context of Art (2016–17); Uppsala University, Undergraduate Studies Aesthetics (2016–17); Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Diploma Studies Performative and Textual Sculpture (2013–15); Pernby College of Art, Stockholm, Undergraduate Studies Painting and Sculpture (2011–13); Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Jazz and Improvised Music (2006–10, 2018–20); Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Undergraduate Studies Generative Improvisation and Experimental Composition (2008–09)
Aesthetician, artist, artistic researcher, and musician (2006–); board member of FRIM Stockholm (2008–11)
Awards and Grants
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (2021), the Swedish Research Council (2020), Stiftelsen Längmanska kulturfonden (2018), Helge Ax:son Johnson (2017), Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (2015), the Swedish Arts Council (2011), Musikens Hus Vänner Uppsala (2008), the Swedish Jazz Federation (2004, 2006, 2008)
Some of Them Were Never Unprepared (Alex Zethson Ensemble, 2021, Relative Pitch Records/Thanatosis Produktion), Vending Machine (Joakim Forsgren and Andreas Hiroui Larsson, 2021, Thanatosis Produktion), Seduced by (a) last year (2021), Ismalfa (J/L Duo featuring Adrian Knight and Frew Elfineh Taha, 2020-21, Lethe/Thanatosis Produktion), Bells and whistles (STHLM Svaga, 2020, Found You Recordings), LETHE (J/L Duo, 2018, Firework Edition Records), Varangian Guests (Martin Küchen Trespass Trio, 2017, Ermatell), Lovsång och hemlighet/Cerchio (J/L Duo, 2012, Olof Bright), Flora Can't See, Hear or Speak but She Can Feel (Boréal, 2011, Pink Pamphlet), Acksjöns kapell (Crime Scenes, 2009, FMR)
Vending Machine (Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm 2021), Broken Shadows/Bokens alla sidor with Johanna Arve (KHIMAIRA 2018), Public Art Commission with Johanna Arve (Sachsska Children's Hospital, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm 2017–18), Dagar mot dig with Johanna Arve (University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm 2016), Orientering och sanning (Kosmisk kastrering IV, Stockholm 2015)
Articles and books
Shadowboxing (Forthcoming on Firework Edition), Existerar icke-idiomatisk improvisation? (Nutida Musik 2021), Vending Machine (Press release, Thanatosis Produktion 2021), Två grafiska partitur (Nutida Musik 2021), Det försvunnas namn (Text for the solo album by Martin Küchen, Thanatosis Produktion 2020), Seduced by (a) last year: Interdisciplinary Music Motivated by Non–Idiomatic Improvisation, The Non–Productive Attitude, and Pluralist Aesthetics (Royal College of Music in Stockholm 2020), TET (Text for the debut album of Tonband 2020), Thinking not thinking (Lethe 2020), Education (Firework Edition 2020), Review of Essäer om europeisk estetiks epistemologiska relativisering (Nutida Musik 2019), Ett ontologiskt perspektiv på samtida musik (Nutida Musik 2018), Essäer om europeisk estetiks epistemologiska relativisering (Lethe 2018), An Ontological Perspective on Contemporary Music (2017), On Roland Barthes' Concept of Music (Presentation at the International Philosophy Conference 'What is a Mask?', Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm 2017), An Alternative Interpretive Model of Creative Acts (2016), (a) space revisited (Swedish Arts Grants Committee 2014), Major and Minor Contextualization, Interpretation and Institutionalization (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien 2014)
Photograph by Fatima Moallim (2021)
Joakim Forsgren and my album Vending Machine is released by Thanatosis Produktion on 11 June, and is available in a vending machine at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern until 11 August. The installation is part of An Infinite Love, an exhibition project in three parts presented by Per Hüttner, Barbara Polla, and Joakim Forsgren, in collaboration with SKF/Konstnärshuset, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, KL.9, and Vision Forum. Photograph by Jean-Baptiste Béranger (2021)
I am part of the Alex Zethson Ensemble, which premiered his 40–minute piece Some of Them Were Never Unprepared at Svensk Musikvår, a festival for new music in Sweden. Photograph by Hampus Andersson. Stream the concert here. The debut album of the ensemble is released by Thanatosis Produktion (LP) and Relative Pitch Records (CD) on 22 October (2021)
My digital work Re-take Babel (After Willem Oorebeek) is featured in Claes Entzenberg's monograph The Question of Understanding Otherwise: Rehabilitating the Interpretation of Art published by Peter Lang (2021)
My interdisciplinary musical work Seduced by (a) last year: Interdisciplinary Music Motivated by Non-Idiomatic Improvisation, The Non-Productive Attitude, and Pluralist Aesthetics is now available for download in audio, text, and video formats (2021)
© Andreas Hiroui Larsson 2022