Andreas Hiroui Larsson is a Swedish aesthetician, artist, 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, experimental literature, or digital graphic music scores – as much works of music and philosophy as they are works of visual 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), Haphazard (SWE), Ermatell (RU), and FMR (GB). His works are held in the collections of The Nobel Library of the Swedish Academy (SE), 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, researcher, and musician (2006–); board member of the Association for Free Improvised Music in Stockholm, FRIM (2008–11)
Awards and Grants
Swedish Arts Grants Committee (2021, 2022), Swedish Research Council (2020), Stiftelsen Längmanska kulturfonden (2018), Helge Ax:son Johnson (2017), Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (2015), Swedish Arts Council (2011), Musikens Hus Vänner Uppsala (2008), Swedish Jazz Federation (2004, 2006, 2008)
Seduced by (a) last year (Andreas Hiroui Larsson, 2022, Thanatosis Produktion), 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), 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 (with Joakim Forsgren, 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)
Movie and Theatre Soundtracks
Tove (Helsinki-Filmi 2020), Manhattanprojektet (Unga Klara 2020)
Articles and Books
Shadowboxing (Firework Edition 2022), 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 Johanna Arve (2022)
Larsson's first album of interdisciplinary music Seduced by (a) last year is released by Thanatosis Produktion (2022)
His novel Shadowboxing is designed by Christoph Steinegger/Interkool and published by Firework Edition (2022)
Joakim Forsgren and Larsson's album Vending Machine is released by Thanatosis Produktion on June 11, and is available in a vending machine at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern until August 11. 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)
Larsson is part of the Alex Zethson Ensemble, which premiered Zethson's 40–minute piece Some of Them Were Never Unprepared at Svensk Musikvår, a festival for new music in Sweden. The debut album of the ensemble is released by Thanatosis Produktion (LP) and Relative Pitch Records (CD). Photograph by Hampus Andersson (2021)
His 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)