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The Passage Room is a site-specific light and sound installation, which investigates the boundary between manufactured states and perceptual events. It is an architectural intervention of the main exhibition hall of the Raimund Abraham-designed Austrian Cultural Forum New York, a space limited by its extremely narrow footprint. The installation is devised as a metaphor for the migratory process, configured for visitors to be drawn into its center and physically move through a narrow passageway composed of two translucent scrims that become opaque once entered. The Passage Room creates an immersive environment by compressing physical and virtual manipulations of light and sound within a spatial setting. Purple light, composed of red and blue light frequencies, is converted into sound frequencies through Spectro-Sonic refrequencing, creating a virtual translation of light to sound. The light sequences alternate between pure light and video projections.