• Hula Kahiko Kane

    Hula Kahiko Kane (2013) offers up a private performance of a sacred, pre-Western hula by one of Hawaii’s premiere male dancers.  For this work, Maida inserts a recording of his own racing heartbeat in place of the chant and drum, which typically accompany such a dance.  A primal signifier of life, fear, and excitement, the accelerated pulse invites interpretations that are as layered as the dance itself.
  • amailstripper4u (parts 1-3, clips)

    amailstripper4u (2003-2007) explores the human desire to connect and the contemporary technologies that facilitate primal exchanges. Using video footage purchased over the Internet from an anonymous amateur model named “Josh,” this video series raises questions about the significance of intimacy and sincerity in a society of celebrity, social media, and advanced capitalism. amailstripper4u : part1 offers up the series' first video, which resulted from an initial exchange with Josh, a Mid-westerner who creates and sells personalized erotic videos over the Internet. amailstripper4u : theslideshow (part 2) chronologically presents Josh’s 1000+ still images of his standardized striptease performed in various public and private locations. amailstripper4u : 4mike,4gerald,4dwight (part 3) is created from footage shot by Josh for three different recipients on multiple occasions. The most recent work in this series, 4mike,4gerald,4dwight deconstructs Josh’s striptease to highlight the routine nature of his performance and to consider the relationships formed through the production and distribution of his erotic material.
  • Hot Shots (clip)

    Through the careful deconstruction of college party footage shot by Maida's younger bother, Hot Shots (2001) examines the sublimated desire of two guys drinking before the camera. Like Maida’s recent project, amailstripper4u, Hot Shots utilizes amateur footage to address aspects of privacy and performance in the domestic realm.
  • I Love You (clip)

    I Love You (2003) presents an actor's performance as he repeats the phrase “I Love You,” eventually breaking down into tears. This visually simple piece calls into question not only the currency of this timeworn phrase but also the distinction between what is sincere and what rehearsed, both on and off camera.
  • Untitled (clip)

    Untitled (2001) references the aesthetics and subject matter of postwar street photographs (like Garry Winogrand's Women are Beautiful). This single-channel video, which starts out with a wide point of view, reveals an alternative approach to locating desire in public space as the camera slowly zooms in and the tension heightens.
  • Hunger (clip)

    Hunger (2001) showcases the multicultural fast food extravaganza that's more commonly known as Woodrow Wilson Service Area of the New Jersey turnpike.