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Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture
Faking The Books: Lali Puna
My Little Red Book: Love
The Book Of Love: The Magnetic Fields
In The City That Reads: Arto Lindsay
Reading Rosalind Krauss: Size Queens
In the mind of the Borgeious Reader: Sonic Youth
Bad Education: Tilly and the Wall
Write Me A Few Lines: Mississippi Fred McDowell
Paperback Writer: The Beatles
La Collectionneuse: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Soundtrack from the 1981 horror film Scanners, directed by David Cronenberg
DJ Margaret is joined with artist MATT BORRUSO and writer NICK HOFF on their newly opened book project SCANNERS, a temporary bookstore located at 312 Valencia Street in San Francisco (in Mina Dresden Gallery) open Oct 1-31, Tuesday-Sunday, noon-8pm. Visit their website for a listing of resources and events at scannersproject.com.
MATT BORRUSO is a visual artist, bibliophile, and San Francisco native. His recent solo shows include The Hermit’s Revenge Fantasy at Steven Wolf Fine Arts and Return to Holy Mountain at 2nd Floor Projects in San Francisco. His work has been widely exhibited at venues such as the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Bay Area, Anna Kustera, Derek Eller and the Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, and more recently Exile Projects in Berlin among others. Borruso currently lives and works in San Francisco.
NICK HOFF is a writer, translator, and bookseller. His work has appeared in various journals, including Telos, Fifth Wednesday, and Left Curve, and his translations of scholarly works have been published in The Journal of Modern History and in several books. Odes and Elegies, his book of translations of Friedrich Hölderlin’s poetry, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2008. Hoff lives and works in San Francisco.
SCANNERS is a month-long used bookstore project that highlights the book as a physical object in an increasingly dematerialized world. Our work with used books originated—and continues—in the salvage culture of the flea market, where we have supplied readers and artists with literature, non-fiction, and visual source material for over a decade. Scanners grows from this experience and takes the transient nature of the flea market site indoors for a short-term experiment in duration. With idiosyncratic materials and categories, and an emphasis on face out display, Scanners is also a proposal: one possibility for what a future bookstore might be. Scanners will focus in part on visual culture, including art, architecture, and craft, as well as print-based media for use as source material. Other sections—on theory, counterculture, and technologies of the word, among others—will sit alongside vintage punk rock fanzines, VHS tapes and obscure ephemera. Events at the store will examine topics in contemporary print culture, including: the printed image as source and inspiration; the changing nature of the reading experience; the future of the archive; the role of the internet in the search for knowledge and as an arbiter of value; and, despite the rise of the digital, the continued explosion of printed matter. (scannersproject.com)
For more on artist Matt Borruso’s work and projects visit
Steven Wolf Fine Arts stevenwolffinearts.com
Solo exhibition: The Hermit’s Revenge Fantasy, 10 September - 15 October, 2011
Huts for Woodbutchers and Trolls: Used books on architecture and counterculture
Used Books: Matt Borruso’s Research Blog: usedbookblog.blogspot.com
Visit Nick Hoff or Matt Borruso selling books at the west end of the Sunday Alemany Flea Market in Bernal Heights, San Francisco.
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