• © Teresa Hoffmann

  • © Teresa Hoffmann

  • © Teresa Hoffmann

Beton. Wüste. Zukunft.

Alisa Tretau

We live, here and now, in a will-be-won’t-be reality. In a claimed world full of resources, optimization and equal opportunities. In a world full of feasibility, happy endings and devil-may-care, in which we human bodies can do whatever we want. We believe, here and now, that we can just pull out, retreat into ourselves when the water is up to our necks. Be water my friend.


The interactive radio play »Beton. Wüste. Zukunft.« invites us to trace our own cognitive dissonance between real climate crisis and fatalistic displacement. The Floating, the disused rain catchment basin of Tempelhof Airport, offers a spectacular scenario for this: between concrete and wasteland, between mobility infrastructure and art venue, the audience can put their knowledge of the climate crisis, their feelings about it and their own actions in relation to each other. With dripping sounds, diving meditation and thought experiments, big questions are asked and small steps towards utopia are dared.


Alisa Tretau‘s multidisciplinary works revolve around shameful facets of current political issues. The 360° short film »Wüste Zukunft« already revolved around climate justice. Previously she published the anthology ‘Nicht nur Mütter waren schwanger’ (edition assemblage).


As part of Kultursommer-Festival Berlin.

Past Dates
  • Jun 17, 2023
  • Jun 18, 2023
  • Jul 02, 2023


Floating University
Lilienthalstraße 32
10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg


Free admission on a donation basis, no registration required. Visiting »Beton. Wüste. Zukunft« is possible at any time between 12:00 and 20:00 (last admission 19:00).


60 minutes


In German, English, Easy Language, with videos in German Sign Language & tactile tours on site

Concept, text, direction

Alisa Tretau


Anne Brammen

Sound design

Sandhya Daemgen

Space, decor

Theresa Reiwer


Irene Baumann

Technical direction

Richard Nolting

Artistical assistence

Melanie Lyn

Picture »Desert«

Theresa Reiwer

A production by Alisa Tretau in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost and the Floating University e.V. Wiederaufnahme is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.

The Kultursommerfestival Berlin 2023 is conceived and implemented by Kulturprojekte Berlin in cooperation with over 100 program partners on the initiative of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.