Rupert Allan is a 3D3 funded Ph.D candidate. His practice as an Art Director in Theatre, Film and Television has led him into creative collaboration with some of the best-known film industry leaders, and is known for site-specific creative solutions in international settings.He cross-fertilizes this installation work with context-specific international work in both humanitarian and marine restoration environments.
Rupert also works consulting as a Trainer/Field Mapping Coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontieres world-renowned Manson Unit as part of the Missing Maps Project. This focuses on enabling the production and use of field-derived medical, ethnographic and humanitarian data amongst under-represented, displaced and ‘at-risk’ communities in the Global South. In Zimbabwe, he has worked to use textual, visual, and digital accountability to allow excluded ‘missing’ communities to map medical needs and anthropological vulnerabilities by SmartPhone, using Open-Source digital mapping and visualisation tools; in Sierra Leone, the Missing Maps Post-Ebola G.I.S. project has allowed communities to own their own cartographic presence on the world humanitarian map through their own mobile devices.
The field-intimate entanglement of technical with social challenge to create so-called ‘crisis technologies’ are the tool by which this study hopes to investigate contemporary modes of reclaiming Exile as Liberation, with a particular focus on itinerant communities on the sea.
As somebody who has experienced social exclusion as a Mariner, and Refusal of Entry at the hands of immigration officials in international ports of entry, he has evolved an embodied research interest in the transformative poetics of pioneers and refugees, voluntary/enforced migration, and de-centralised traditions of counter-cultural occupations of the Ocean.
Fascinated with Realisation (Fr. Transl.:’Scenography’) and the Visceral, his approach suggests a strong social, aesthetic, and philosophical connection between technical collaboration and site-specific community representation in creatively transformative constructivist processes.