The Sin: Media Narratives of Urban Risk (Edinburgh 2010) was a poster at the Create 2010 Conference. Over several months, photographs were taken of the headlines from the local newspaper vendor booths in Edinburgh City Centre.
They were overwhelmingly negative. The structure of those headlines was analysed to write computer code that automatically generated analogous headlines in a booth constructed at half scale.
People were invited on one side of the booth to confess their sins to an 'automated telling machine' (confession box). Unknown to them, the other side of the booth was a newspaper vendor booth, and it repeatedly generated variations of their sins in newspaper headline format using the lurid sensationalist style found during research.