New Criticals

"The idea of genius still plays an important role in Western culture, and not just in the field of art. Whether we are talking about the Macintosh, Infinite Jest, a space trip or Nymphomaniac, we are always celebrating an individual genius, even if we perfectly know that there is a team and a concerted action behind each of these things. Every art world is grounded in the idea that there are gifted people who, provided specific conditions, can produce special things that are potentially relevant for anybody. This is not a problem in itself - what's problematic are some corollaries to our traditional idea of genius - namely "originality" and "intellectual property". The first claims that a good work of creation is new and doesn't depend on previous work by others; the second claims that an original work belongs to the author."

Daniel Rourke's Interview With Domenico Quaranta