University professor to spend year dressed as various David Bowie personas for research

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Will Brooker from Kingston University near London details plan to method-act as the pop icon

A university professor is set to live as David Bowie for an entire year in an effort to better understand the singer.

Will Brooker, a professor of film and cultural studies at Kingston University near London, will live his life as different Bowie personas for months at a time after being commissioned to write a monograph on the pop icon. His work will be titled ‘Forever Stardust’.

As part of his project, Brooker will adopt the dress sense, diet and cultural interests of each character from Bowie’s work. He will also travel to the locations that spawned the personas. Having already been to Brixton, Bromley and Beckenham, Brooker will also visit Berlin next month, according to The Guardian.

See pictures of Brooker adopting different Bowie guises below.

“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 says.

“If you’re reading some strange science fiction and books about magic you can kind of get into Bowie’s head and see it’s sometimes quite a strange place. A dangerous place, a place you wouldn’t want to live too long,” he told Australian network ABC.

“So it’s fortunate that I’m going through his career chronologically. Because I think by ’83, he was pretty clean. I think I’ll get a tan, get fit, get my hair changed again, get my teeth whitened.”

Of Bowie’s possible reaction to the project, Brooker said: “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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