by Ben Knight Evans .

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty'
Mike Figgis' 'Just Tell The Truth'.

Centring around the theme of Truth, this weekend saw London's Royal Opera House host this year's Deloitte Ignite programme curated by director, composer, writer and SHOWstudio contributor Mike Figgis. United under the title 'Just Tell the Truth', Figgis brought in some of the most impressive names across film, performance, art, fashion, photography, politics and philosophy to explore honesty through their chosen medium.

Perhaps not for the faint of heart, the programme opened with 'One Pig', musician and found-object instrumentalist Matthew Herbert's live performance incorporating film, music and on-stage cookery telling the life-story of the humble beast from cradle to plate. Assessing the shroud of voluntary ignorance that the average consumer places over his food, One Pig featured the first and possibly only live appearance of the meat harp. 

Powerful in a different way was an installation curated by Figgis of a selection of unseen work from legendary photographer Helmut Newton as well as recorded interviews with, amongst others, artist Marina Abramovic and director David Lynch.

One of the highlights took place on Saturday, when Alber Elbaz mused upon woman, Lanvin and the concept of truth within the fashion industry. Elbaz's talk was held in the ROH's Crush room - and crush was indeed the word, the room filled to standing-room-only capacity not once, but twice - Elbaz having graciously agreed to present his talk two times to accommodate the overwhelming demand.

For all those who couldn't make it down, the SHOWstudio team was on hand to film proceedings - recording Elbaz's discussion with Figgis and curator and writer Alice Rawsthorn as well as an exclusive interview with the man himself shortly after the discussion had finished. The films will launch later this week on SHOWstudio.

 

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