Meaning neck in Latin, collum can also be interpreted as an architectural column. These themes are present in both the Mannerist painting “Madonna with the Long Neck” and the medieval hymn “Collum tuum ut columna,” in which Virgin Mary’s neck is compared to a column for her incorruptible purity. 

This portrait rejects such ideals of purity and embraces the impure by depicting a sensual, fluid figure who experiences a range of emotions as tension ripples and erodes an algorithmically-permutating, posthuman form.

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