Treasure Island: A Forensic Investigation of a City

Experiments Artwork 

Over 200 experiments and fragments analysed from objects and sites ranging from 30 - 550 years old. 

 

Kubisa's sophisticated use of the confocal laser microscope technology has become her fine art tool of discovery. Kubisa developed a unique use of this technology after observing neuroscience experiments. It was her understanding that 

fluorescence present in older fragments will reveal unique 

structures and evidence of the objects worn and absorbed life 

journey. 

 

Colour is selected in the data processing and laser collection of nformation. Then 

processed by recutting through the collected layers from the laser and arranged by Kubisa.

​Experiments and confocal laser microscope

 

Samples from artefacts and locations can be as small as 1 millimetre. They are collected at the time of discovering and recording the memory and history of the object or site. Samples have to contain fluorescence – this is present in objects that have existed for over thirty years. When viewed under the confocal laser microscope  laser beam, Seran selects the areas to image based on composition, colour, and visual quality of the resulting fluorescence. Selecting which part of a samples fluorescent “rainbow” to analyse (from ultraviolet, through the visible colours out to infra-red) is crucial for the interpretation of the raw digital data collected. Seran also looks for fluorescent patterns that result from the innate properties of the materials itself and the wear and tear and accumulation of additional substances relating to its history. This can open a window onto the entire life of an object.

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00080 leather hot pants 1961
00080 leather hot pants 1961
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00192 Drinking Fountain 1935
00192 Drinking Fountain 1935
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00194 Dream-catcher 1978
00194 Dream-catcher 1978
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00079 Luigi Nervi maquette
00079 Luigi Nervi maquette
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00199 London Olympics Magazine 1948
00199 London Olympics Magazine 1948
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00185 Teddy Bear 1920
00185 Teddy Bear 1920
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00195 Photograph of Bear C.1920s
00195 Photograph of Bear C.1920s
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00188 Souvenir Shell Box C.1960
00188 Souvenir Shell Box C.1960
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00179 Horatio Lord Nelson’s Hair 180
00179 Horatio Lord Nelson’s Hair 180
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00150 Comb 1545
00150 Comb 1545

The Mary Rose 1545

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00149-Balance Case 1545

The Mary Rose 1545

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00176 Shell Store Wall 1850
00176 Shell Store Wall 1850
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00170 Flying Jacket 1943
00170 Flying Jacket 1943
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00148 Prayer Book 1545
00148 Prayer Book 1545

The Mary Rose 1545

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00147 Two Rings and Maltese Cross 15
00147 Two Rings and Maltese Cross 15

The Mary Rose 1545

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00158 Long Bow 1545
00158 Long Bow 1545

The Mary Rose 1545

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00115 Diary 1940
00115 Diary 1940
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0057 Chinese Fan 1955
0057 Chinese Fan 1955
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00143 Backgammon Set 1545
00143 Backgammon Set 1545

The Mary Rose 1545

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00141Document Box 1780
00141Document Box 1780
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00154 Tankard

The Mary Rose

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00137 Elm Tree pump 1759
00137 Elm Tree pump 1759
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00114 Cigarette Card 1935
00114 Cigarette Card 1935
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00136 Deck Brush Head 1758
00136 Deck Brush Head 1758
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00133 Captain's Toilet 1860
00133 Captain's Toilet 1860
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00113 Handkerchief 1951
00113 Handkerchief 1951
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00111 Darning kit
00111 Darning kit
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00123 Player's Jigsaw Puzzle 1955
00123 Player's Jigsaw Puzzle 1955
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00121 No.10 Pompey Football Jerse
00121 No.10 Pompey Football Jerse
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00107 Cotton Table Cloth 1900
00107 Cotton Table Cloth 1900
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00106 Cigarette Card 1923
00106 Cigarette Card 1923
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00118 Lucky Black Cat 1939
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00104 Birthday Card 1938
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00101 Summer Holidays Photograph1961
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00099 Man's Glove 1950's
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00098 Scarf 1920's
00098 Scarf 1920's
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00095 Birthday Book 1885
00095 Birthday Book 1885
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00091 Tapestry 1916
00091 Tapestry 1916
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00090f Night Dress 1944
00090f Night Dress 1944
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00088 Photograph 1880's
00088 Photograph 1880's
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00086 Victorian Chair 1850
00086 Victorian Chair 1850
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00085 Tree Of Life 1907
00085 Tree Of Life 1907
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00084 Cannonball 1642
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00081 Bodice 1890's
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00036-1959
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00034 The Yellow Book
00034 The Yellow Book

George Orwell

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00028 Shell
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00026 Silk Chemise
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00025 Needle case ribbon
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00024 Charles-Dickens-Book
00024 Charles-Dickens-Book
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00023 Carol Sheet Pin
00023 Carol Sheet Pin
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00021 Hope-of-the-Race
00021 Hope-of-the-Race

Book

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00018 Bible-olive wood
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00015 Huish Photograph
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00014-Beaded Butterfly Dress
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00010-Dust electricbox
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0008-Edwardian Piano
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