In this work, Nam June Paik wrote a list of names or pseudonyms of Korean literary giants such as Lee Eun-sang, Lyuh Woon-hyung, Park Jong-hwa, Lee Tae-jun, Yi Kwang-su, Jeong Ji-yong, and Kim Sowol. At the center of the picture plane are fourteen consonants of Hangul, the Korean alphabet, and in between the alphabets are four Chinese characters in light blue, meaning the Buddhist Elysium; below are the basic characters of Hangul in orange. The rest comprises Chinese four-character idioms. 女慕貞烈 男效才良: Women should follow the right-hearted and the strong-willed, and men should follow the talented and the good-natured. 空谷傳聲 虛堂習聽: As an empty valley sends out an echo, an empty house resounds into the outside world. 推位讓國: A throne is handed over, and the country is given up on. 弔民伐罪 周發殷湯: Who consoled the people in greatest distress and who disclosed and punished the guilt of tyrants tormenting the people are King Bal of the Zhou dynasty and King Tang of the Yin dynasty.
Nam June Paik
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