Tràccia (Trace)


a. A surviving mark, sign, or evidence of the former existence, influence, or action of some agent or event; vestige: traces of an advanced civilization among the ruins.
b. a barely discernible indication or evidence of some quantity, quality, characteristic, expression, etc.
c. a tracing, drawing, or sketch of something.
d. Linguistics. (in generative grammar) a construct that is phonologically empty but serves to mark the place in the surface structure of a sentence from which a noun phrase has been moved by a transformational operation.

A project by Ilaria Mancia in collaboration with Lorenza Accardo

We have entered phase two, but the landscape of the arts and live entertainment remains somehow deserted, not only for the sense of emptiness, but also for the rapidity with which its morphology is constantly reconfigured. In the suspension of the known space-time, the imagination travels and gets filled with questions. These questions trace a fluid, undulating path, opening new horizons of the possible we have decided to share with artists, friends and colleagues.


What will be left of these words? When everything (everything?) will be gone, it may be important to keep track of these tortuous volatile paths, so as not to run the risk that this time won’t turn into nothing more than a sterile amnesia.


Mattatoio Roma comes back to life, even if only digitally, involving a group of artists and cultural operators, to trigger a dialogue on the tools of our trade, namely words, concepts or images that today ask to be rethought.


TRÀCCIA is a notebook, a logbook in which we record the mutant state of our thinking in this extra-ordinary period, not to lose the thread, to put together fragments and speeches, before we get back to “normal” and disrupt everything again.

Exchanges, conversations, reflections conducted in couples—a curator, an artist, a musician, an organizer, an artistic director, a choreographer, a writer. To each of them we entrust a word and an image as stimuli to formulate a question. To whom? To anyone who, in their opinion, can give the most interesting, prismatic and enriching answer.

Starting from today, we open a window on this process and share it with our public