That’s a lot of costume ch-ch-changes…
A British University professor is undertaking what might just be the most glamorous and rock ’n’ roll academic experiment ever, to live like and dress like David Bowie for an entire year. Will Brooker, from Kingston University's film and cultural studies department in London, is acting out different parts of the pop icon’s life for the project titled ‘Forever Stardust’, beginning with late ‘60s Bowie.
A University professor is spending a year living as David Bowie.
The professor has said he wants to ‘get into the singer’s head' and will be dressing as him, acting like him and even following his various diets from the time periods.
"The idea is to inhabit Bowie’s head space at points in his life and career to understand his work from an original angle, while retaining a critical and objective perspective at the same time – a kind of split persona perhaps," Brooker said.
"I start to dress like him, to wear make up like him and to follow his diet to a certain extent, which isn't a very healthy diet sometimes. I’ve gone for weekends, for instance, where I've just drank milk and ate red peppers,” he added.
Brooker’s experiment will see him totally immersed in Bowie’s world, visiting the places where the singer lived and reading the books and watching the films which influenced him during the varied stages of his career.
Currently the professor is in the middle of living as 70s Bowie but soon he’ll transform into his early 80s persona. "Bowie lived in L.A. but kept his windows and shutters closed the whole time and lived in the dark,” Brooker explained. "By '83 he was pretty clean so I am kind of looking forward to that - get a tan, get fit, change my hair again, get my teeth whitened.”
When asked what Bowie himself might think about the project Brooker mused, ”I hope he would be interested in and amused by my research. I do feel, though, that everything he says and does in public is performance, so if he did hear about it, we would be unlikely to know what he genuinely thought."
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