In the second episode of the Human Developmental Biology Initiative’s new podcast, Made the Same Way, science historian Nick Hopwood meets with artist Princess Ari (aka B!TEZ) to discuss how we studied human development in the past and how this field of science is different today.
Throughout the episode, the pair will write and record an original piece of music inspired by their meeting, exploring science in a brand new way.
“Human embryology tells us all where we come from.”– Professor Nick Hopwood
About the participants
Nick Hopwood is Professor of History of Science and Medicine in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and a deputy chair of Cambridge Reproduction. He is, most recently, the author of Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, Evolution, and Fraud (Chicago, 2015), which won the Levinson Prize of the History of Science Society, and co-editor of Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day (Cambridge, 2018), which is available as a highly illustrated paperback. He has finished a history of human embryos and holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to write The Many Births of the Test-Tube Baby, a history of claims to IVF. He is a keen walker, runner and gardener.
Princess Arinola Adegbite, professionally known as B!TEZ is a trip-hop singer and rapper from Manchester. The songstress fuses rap, Alternative pop, soulful vocals, and witty spoken word into her Afro-futuristic tracks. She draws inspiration from Nina Simone, FKA Twigs, No Name, Bjork, and Mazzy Star.
B!TEZ is also a multi-award-winning poet, filmmaker, and BBC Words First artist. In 2022 Marco Sebastiano Alessi praised her as an “inventive polymath”. She was awarded Manchester Young Creative of The Year by the Culture Awards for her artistic contributions to the city. She has been commissioned by Selfridges, BBC, British Triathalon, and the University of Cambridge amongst others. She has performed music at Sounds from the Other City, Band on The Wall, Soup Manchester, and the Blues Kitchen. B!TEZ is an MIF Sounds and Youth Music Next Generation Artist. Her debut single ‘Be Like You’ explores the internet’s influence on our identities and self-esteem. The single is from her EP Vintage Destiny and uses organic and electronic sounds to explore the relationship between nature and technology, out on 26/05/2023.
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