Farewell Farmsen


Esther Pilkington (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)), Ulrich Schötker (Erich-Kästner-Schule), Matthias Vogel (Kulturagenten für kreative Schulen)

Video/Photos: Daniel Ladnar

Farewell Farmsen took place in cooperation with the program Kulturagenten für kreative Schulen.

A journey into the past, present and future of Farmsen

Many young people want one thing above all after finishing school: to get out of Farmsen! But what’s so bad about Farmsen? We took a closer look at the Hamburg district together with participants in the senior-level student project “ArtHistory”: Which places and corners have a lot to offer? Where are you bored to death? What memories and hopes lie dormant here? Who comes, who goes, who stays and what traces do they leave? What can be left as it is, and what urgently needs to change?

Students went on a joint road trip through their district to find answers to these questions. On a performance bus tour, they told stories from their childhood, served cake, drove past all five Greek snack stands, discussed whether “Hannibal” (Farmsen’s tallest high-rise building) is really as dreary as everyone says, and drew up blueprints to re-design the shopping center. Many of them grew up here, some came later. Some students don’t think it’s so bad here, while others are happy that they’ll soon be leaving all of it behind. Everyone is sure that they will come back someday.

»Welcome aboard Farewell Farmsen. Our shared journey through Farmsen-Berne begins now. We are on the way. We are on the road…«

The bus tour was held three times per day under the title Farewell Farmsen (February 8 and 9, 2017).