1979-1980, 8:06 min, color, sound

QUARKS is a rigorous analysis of how television functions. Structured in a series of thirty-second intervals, three layers of information — sound, image and written texts — are ironically juxtaposed with TV patter. D'Agostino questions the meaning of what is seen and heard on television by isolating and recontextualizing TV sounds — a tennis play-by-play, talk shows — and juxtaposing them with incongruous visuals, such as a squash game, a blind man navigating corridors, and philosophical quotations that move across the screen like news bulletins. The term "quarks" (which refers both to elemental particles and to "trifles" in Joyce's Finnegans Wake) suggests his critique of the content and reception of television.