Francisco Botello is a Mexican/American sound artist and educator born and raised in Chula Vista, California. Growing up a dual citizen on the dividing line between the United States and Mexico, their work reflects on the nature of place and belonging. Gathering and composing with field recordings, alongside electronics and computer music tools, they explore questions of identity, ancestry, geography, change, and loss. Recently, they have been experimenting with gestural control and working with immersive, multi-channel sound systems as ways to connect their art more intimately with their body and audience. In 2019 they helped co-found whateverSpace, a maker space offering free and sliding scale workshops as well as technology rentals with priority going to the QTBIPOC community. Their multi-channel work has been showcased at places such as Oregon Center for Contemporary Art, PNCA, and the Portland Art Museum. They have taught and advised at Portland Community College, Portland State University, CETI, and Music Hackspace.
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