Interstate of Mind » Bahrain http://www.interstateofmind.com Ideas from the heart. Creative minds for the driven and uncompromising. Interstate Creative Partners. Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:22:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Reserve your space http://www.interstateofmind.com/reserve-your-space/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/reserve-your-space/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:00:04 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=3260 Interstate MENA reserves a space in the The Diplomatic Area in Manama, Bahrain.

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Interstate MENA have recently worked alongside Manama Realty to design a set of construction screen billboards that surround the site of a much needed carpark within The Diplomatic Area in Manama, Bahrain.

The boards bring a bright colourful contrast to the surrounding office buildings and are designed to encourage patrons to reserve and rent the carpark spaces within.

The striking flat colour ‘pop art’ style is something quite new for the region and certainly seems to be grabbing the attention.

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State of the Art http://www.interstateofmind.com/state-of-the-art/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/state-of-the-art/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:36:53 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=2058 Our esteemed Creative Director Nigel Gray is definitely of the old school. Put more fairly he’s uncomfortable with technology. He’s not the only one of course, it takes a particular kind of person to actually enjoy working with computers and that delight doesn’t always exist in the creative brain. So how does the classically trained Creative Director work with the modern studio? The answer is seemingly so simple, you get him a brush. Well, not just any brush, a beautifully styled Nomad capacitive brush for the iPad. Combined with a clever paint app he’s able to sketch on the go and email his sketches direct to the studio. No paper sketchbooks, scanning, file storage and retrieval, just emailed direct from the app.

Here are a few sketches Nigel has created (and emailed back) from this weekends Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Bahrain hotel

La Fontaine - restaurant gallery

Bernie Ecclestone mobbed by the media

A green and lush paddock

Photographers in the paddock waiting for some action

Sir Jackie Stewart holds court

Bored Media Centre security

VIP Guest

Peter Wahl from Tilke

The BBC crew

The Sky crew

Tense Saturday qualifying for Jenson's dad

Bread chef

Welcome party bbq chefs, great kofti kebabs

Watching the race

The amazing monotones of the Mercedes garage, perfect for my limited palette.

The FIA check the cars late in to the night - no chance of any secrets being captured with this detail

The garages are dismantled and cargo containers packed in the pit lane

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Al Riwaq + Alwan 338 http://www.interstateofmind.com/al-riwaq-alwan-338/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/al-riwaq-alwan-338/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:22:14 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=2047 Coinciding with the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix is Alwan 338, a month-long arts festival introducing Bahrain’s up and coming generation of conceptual artists. Exploring the possibilities generated by placing art in the public space, the event is centered around three key locations: Local gallery Al Riwaq, Bohemia – a vacant building in the heart of Adliya, and The Park – a new open public space with unconventional planting and quirky seating.

At Al Riwaq, a London Tube inspired map presents you with a local guide to selected street bars, restaurants and venues, film screenings, readings, exhibitions, performances and workshops. In a bid to promote public engagement with the outdoors, visitors are invited to go on a journey following a series of unique commissioned public art installations.

Our team is present and reporting about a very funky experience.

Visit Alwan 338

Visit Al Riwaq

Follow @alriwaq + @alwan338

Clockwise from the top: Installation by Cardiff based artist Alan Goulbourne, currently artist in residence at Al Riwaq, Al Riwaq signage, Bohemia house wall.
Main image: London Tube inspired map at Al Riwaq.
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Big Ben http://www.interstateofmind.com/big-ben/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/big-ben/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 07:53:14 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=1537 Creating artwork on a LARGE scale.

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This was artwork on a LARGE scale. Asked to supply Mumtalakat, Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, with a billboard to be erected in support of the government, we set about designing with the bigger picture in mind. But I, like most designers, am shielded from the full force of actually delivering the final product to the client; this was Ben’s job.

Poor Ben… We knew the dimensions of this giant advertisement but quite frankly, at 0.18% of the size of your artwork, there is no easy way to comprehend 715 metres square. Supported only by managing director Nick, supplying endless cups of tea and a shoulder to cry on in the wee small hours, the boys struggled on with 28gb images, that after waiting 90 minutes for them to save, couldn’t even be placed. Even building the file at 10% was too much for InDesign to handle and soon the dreaded ‘spinning umbrella of justice’ was circling round and round.

17 hours, 2 macs, 9 restarts and a Royal Wedding later, Ben finally left the studio having delivered this mammoth piece of artwork. And I would personally like to thank and congratulate him as we received images of the billboard in action and it looks truly awesome…

Nice one Ben xlx

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Al Riwaq Launch http://www.interstateofmind.com/al-riwaq-launch/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/al-riwaq-launch/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2009 19:31:45 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=111 After months of refurbishment, Bahraini Gallery Al Riwaq relaunched today as Al Riwaq Art Space,  showcasing the solo exhibition of local artist Waheeda Malullah.

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After months of refurbishment, Bahraini Gallery Al Riwaq relaunched today as Al Riwaq Art Space,
showcasing the solo exhibition of local artist Waheeda Malullah.

In late Autumn 2009, Interstate was invited to join forces with Al Riwaq as the gallery’s new Creative Partner Al Riwaq’s vision to promote creativity and art value was key in creating their new identity concept.
The new space will function as a cultural hub where artists and the public can exchange ideas, provoke debate and inspire and nurture creative thinking and production.

The new dual-language identity and website is the first in a number of exciting changes that will see Al Riwaq reinforcing their status as a leading establishment in Bahrain’s art and cultural scene.

Al Riwaq website

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Making of the ‘Ecclestone Collection’ anniversary book http://www.interstateofmind.com/making-of-the-%e2%80%98ecclestone-collection%e2%80%99-anniversary-book/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/making-of-the-%e2%80%98ecclestone-collection%e2%80%99-anniversary-book/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:03:57 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=387 How do you document 50 years of Grand Prix history in one day? The task was to shoot 24 historic sports cars, some with an estimated value of over $10 million dollars a piece, in 12 hours as the book would begin with a dawn shot and end with a dusk shot.

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How do you document 50 years of Grand Prix history in one day? The task was to shoot 24 historic sports cars, some with an estimated value of over $10 million dollars a piece, in 12 hours as the book would begin with a dawn shot and end with a dusk shot. Once we had chosen a spot we needed to shoot some rough tests with a Caterham to ensure we were getting what we needed. This also helped us define the size of the canvas and framework required, the general position for the camera, which decided where our power needs would be, and the way in which we would need to bring the cars in. After all, they had to roll on to the set, get photographed and roll out again at a pace of one every 30 minutes without fail. No time for lunch then!

How do you document 50 years of Grand Prix history in one day? The task was to shoot 24 historic sports cars, some with an estimated value of over $10 million dollars a piece, in 12 hours as the book would begin with a dawn shot and end with a dusk shot. Once we had chosen a spot we needed to shoot some rough tests with a Caterham to ensure we were getting what we needed. This also helped us define the size of the canvas and framework required, the general position for the camera, which decided where our power needs would be, and the way in which we would need to bring the cars in. After all, they had to roll on to the set, get photographed and roll out again at a pace of one every 30 minutes without fail. No time for lunch then!

We utilised the help of a Bahraini events company to supply the structure for our canvas framework. This had to be as decorative as possible, as it would feature in the shots.

Come the day we arrived before sunrise and began the full set-up, this was hindered slightly by the fact that we had a 25mph wind to contend with. Large canvases and strong winds don’t really go together well. We doubled up on sandbags and started rolling in the cars. This in itself was a task. Firstly, they had to arrive in order. Because of the way the book was designed the cars are lit from dawn through midday to dusk in their correct chronology, so we needed them to arrive correctly. No easy task when you consider they were being unpacked from 12 containers in the main carpark by hand (2 to a container), by a small team of trusted workers, surrounded by security guards, searched and supervised by customs guards and everybody was more interested in getting them to the safety of the display tent rather than onto a dusty, hot, sometimes busy race track. Add to this the fact that they either can’t, or aren’t ready, to move under their own steam and the whole thing becomes something of a logistical nightmare.

When the first cars arrived at the track, pulled behind a quad and steered by their keeper, it was hard to quell everyone’s excitement at the chance to touch a piece of motor racing history (or a $10 million dollar car, whichever way you look at it), but the heavy deadline required that we stayed focussed and got on with the job. We shot the first car, wheeled it out of the set and began the process of shooting the details which would be needed for each cars page. In all we had 4 photographers, one on the main car portraits, one on the details, me capturing the behind-the-scenes moments of the day (when I wasn’t busy tracking everything else) and a fourth photographer documenting our involvement.

The blazing heat of the Bahraini sun on a black tarmac track soon began taking it’s toll and we had to shuttle the hire car back and forth from the Paddock bringing more and more water and soft drinks, using the cars air-con as a makeshift fridge on the track itself. The heat was having unexpected effects elsewhere also, with the wireless communicators between the flash guns and the camera becoming increasingly temperamental.

By midday we were approximately an hour behind, but the novelty had firmly worn off from the early morning and, despite the growing heat, we began to get quicker.

Constantly reviewing the shots on a laptop in the car took up a fair amount of time in itself, but by 4pm we were back on track again and had all the remaining cars sitting in a row ready to be wheeled in.

The last cars went through and although we were exhausted and there was a lot of pressure from everybody to pack up and let them go home we hung out for a real ‘night’ shot with the lights of the BIC and Sakhir tower glowing majestically atop their incredible structures.

In all quite a day, but no time to rest on our laurels, there were still 20 leather bound, boxed 108 page VVIP books and 500 soft covered versions to be laid out, approved, printed, finished and delivered within 5 days, but that’s another story.

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Interstate wins Mumtalakat roster http://www.interstateofmind.com/interstate-wins-mumtalakat-roster/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/interstate-wins-mumtalakat-roster/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:45:45 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=99 Interstate is set to work on the new branding scheme for Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, after winning a global roster announced earlier this year. Mumtalakat, the investment arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain is an active shareholder and investor in diverse businesses nationally and internationally. Looking to focuss even more of their investments internationally the company needed a new strategy and identity to reflect their global approach.

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Interstate is set to work on the new branding scheme for Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, after winning a global roster announced earlier this year. Mumtalakat, the investment arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain is an active shareholder and investor in diverse businesses nationally and internationally. Looking to focuss even more of their investments internationally the company needed a new strategy and identity to reflect their global approach.

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