A British professor's new project is requiring him to go through bizarre ch-ch-changes.
Will Brooker, a film and cultural studies professor from Kingston University, is spending the next year becoming David Bowie in hopes of better understanding the music legend.
To do that, Brooker, 45, will dress like Bowie throughout his various personas. He will watch the same movies and read the same books that the singer enjoyed when he was, say, the Thin White Duke or Ziggy Stardust, according to Newser.
Brooker even plans to eat like Bowie, who reportedly ate only peppers and milk for a time.
“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 told the Guardian.
Brooker admits the idea is strange, but figures it's worth it for an artist like Bowie.
“It’s an interesting experiment, isn’t it? You could say it’s a bit creepy," he told the Herald-Sun. "There are worse people to try and emulate. At least he’s a great artist and a very interesting person.”
There have been challenges, especially since yellow suits with huge shoulder pads like the one Bowie wore during his 1983 "Let's Dance" era, aren't exactly available off the rack.
Brooker says keeping a rational head is also difficult.
"If you're reading some strange science fiction and books about magic, you can kind of get into Bowie's head. It's sometimes quite a strange place, a dangerous place, a place you wouldn't want to live for too long," he said, according to London24.com.
Brooker admits that, no matter how hard he tries, there are some things about Bowie he won't be able to duplicate.
"His mansion in Beckenham has been demolished, for instance, and I'm unlikely to have a fling with Mick Jagger," Brooker told the Kingston University Press. "However, it is possible to engage with and get a feel for his experiences without immersing oneself to a dangerous extent."