Video-Flashback #9 – Eckhart Nickel “Rimowa World”
The traveller is a perfect embodiment of modern existence. Constantly moving in an atmosphere shaped by the technicality of industrial transportation, he has to obey the law of “form follows function” in terms of practical clothing, strict rules of conduct imposed by the safety regulations of high speed travel and limited space for baggage. At the contemporary center of the new status-anxious uniformity of travel is an iconic piece of luggage that mimics the materiality of early air travel in its ribbed aluminium body. The brave new “Rimowa World” will be interpreted as a symbol for a controlling style habitus creating the last bastion of modernity.