This video documents a skiing performance on Laagna road, the main transport channel of Lasnamäe, a district of Soviet-style apartment blocks in Tallinn. The broad space in the middle of the road was planned for a high-speed tram in the late 1970s, which never launched. The absent tram remains present today in local memories and hopes as well as in infrastructural details with no practical use. Four performers reenacted its tracks by leaving ephemeral skiing traces.
The performance and film is part of Ianchenko’s research, Estrangening Atmospheres of Trams in and through Art, which investigates atmospheres of tramways by means of site-specific performances and on-site sketchings. The project is also part of PUTSPACE (Public Transport as Public Space in European Cities: Narrating, Experiencing, Contesting) www.putspace.eu