Goliath’s Head Revisited
Abstract: “Goliath’s Head Revisited” will re-script Osamu Tezuka’s story of Goliath (a 1980’s TV animation release of Astro Boy — episode 11) with a creative series of alternative images and new meanings. The paper will perform and develop a socio-historical approach to image production that pertains to current modes of contemporary art. Through diverse media, “Goliath’s Head Revisited” will consider the context of Tezuka’s story today re-addressing the status of his legacy. The existence of an artwork will be compared to the reception of a posthumous artist, as well as inviting alternative readings towards the socio-cultural manifestations of Astro Boy as an iconic image.
Biographical Statement: Stephen Wilson is an independent artist and writer based in London; he completed a doctorate on Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio in relation to visual culture at the Royal College of Art and Design in London. During 2006/7 he was awarded an annual residency as the Abbey Award holder in The British School at Rome. This year he will be published in several texts, as well as completing his first film project: Iron Arm, Secular Arm set in Tokyo and London on the cultural significance of the iconic figure Astro Boy funded by Arts Council England, The Diawa Foundation, and The Sasakawa Foundation.