"New York is a catastrophe, a beautiful catastrophe" Le Corbusier
Google Earth, virtual mirror of the world, presents a glitch in the aerophotogrammetry's relief displacement of New York City that dissolves the distance between real/actual and virtual/potential allowing the emersion of the same collective imaginary normally underground which has materialized on 9/11. The Twin Towers attack has been an iperreal event in the way that the latent and insistent phantasmatic image has penetrated our reality, what happened was the stuff of popular fantasies long before it actually took place, “what do Americans immobilized in their well-being dream about? About a global catastrophe that would shatter their lives. We are haunted by nightmarish visions of catastrophes” (Zizek). That's why we wanted to see again and again, with a mysterious pleasure, the same scenes repeated, spectacular scenes already seen in videogames and in Hollywood's disaster films, because “the question today is no longer to know if the cinema can do without a place but if places can do without cinema” (Virilio). New York's skyscrapers have always been a symbol of USA power, a showcase of the american dream. The architectural graphism of the Twin Towers is the one of global financial monopoly, “these architectural monsters have always exerted an ambiguous fascination, a secret desire to see them disappear. Violence involves architecture” (Baudrillard). Their collapse is a violent deconstruction of the omnipotence they represented, a violent deflagration of the perception of the system they embodied, it's like America has been hit by its own dystopia.