Technology-mediated vision, we are reminded, excludes the contact with its reality (Robins, from Into the image 1999). This attitude is neither unlike the one proposed by modernist planners and architects, nor is it radically different from the objectives that lie behind today’s ubiquitous surveillance cameras. Modernist architecture
sought to erase what we may call the city of touch, and in its place to construct the glass city (19).
Its fundamental objective was “that of transparency,” aspiring to the idea of universal panopticism, through which it seems possible to “achieve order, and consequently master, the urban space (20).” Like the glass window separating the observer from the observed, thanks to the process of visualization, viruses are never experienced directly, but through a number of filters and layered operations.