Hi there! It's exciting to me that you've chosen Maus, and would like to engage his work as such. The Drone Interview may be a good place to get a concise idea of his larger ideas. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDqJjRoXBMI
, or a Fader interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvz10hmPJkg&t=122s
)For a more in-depth overview, there is an hour-long interview on YouTube as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnMfKacI9AY
. Now, I'm paraphrasing, but a quote that has stuck out to me since I heard it is
"I believe the hysterical body ... affirms the appearance of a human being, which is not always self-apparent."
This, he suggests, has the potential to disrupt the current "situation." The current situation, in short, is late capitalism. From here comes a bifurcation of theoretical possibilities for you, as I see it. They are not limited to these by any means.
i. His insistent usage of the word 'situation' suggests an affinity towards the Situationist International -- and he is fond of Guy Debord. A good foot in the door with this school of thought would be his Society of the Spectacle
, which can be found online. Search also for the technique of détournement, or culture-jamming.
ii. The Deleuze quote in the Drone interview is telling. Gilles Deleuze’s notion that one should make the most radical use of a popular language (pop music / film) rather than play in the margins if one wants to really communicate some kind of sentiment against the status quo (situation).
There is so much here, and I am sorry for the partial nature of my responses. But I do hope it provokes some thought on the matter. I strongly recommend you read, if nothing else, THIS article: https://medium.com/@impliedreader/maust ... c3181a5ca4
, written by a member of the forum ... it stands in my mind as the single greatest critical engagement with Maus's work to date.
Best of luck to you!