As housing prices in our major cities continue to climb, the Australian dream of owning a suburban home becomes an even bigger mountain to conquer. But is it worth the hike?

With his artist-designed tent, Perth-based artist Dan McCabe seeks to question how we might disrupt and mitigate suburban aspiration and gentrification, offering a humble and conscious way to view the world.

Shaped like a late 80s station wagon and parked on a curb, many commuters will overlook McCabe’s alternative accommodation as just another part of the city’s urban sprawl. However more curious passers-by will find the campsite a place for the exchange of ideas, environmentally conscious alternatives, and debates about the future of the Australian landscape and our place within it.

Bringing together design principles for low-maintenance living, local narratives and community conversation, Shadows on the hill draws upon topical issues for the nation’s younger generations including climate change, economic crises, and the reality of the ‘renting generation’.

Shadows on the hill has been commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s flagship learning program, Kickstart. This project is supported by the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts and International Art Space, through the Know Thy Neighbour program.

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A big thank you to the Next Wave team especially Jof O’Farrell, Katherine and Marco from International Art Space, Rosie Jack, Harry Reid Saddler, James Hooper, Dale Buckley, Guy Louden, Eliza McCabe, Frazer McCabe, Leigh Robb, Rebecca Baumann, Ted Snell, James Fish, Rosanna Stevens, Adelaide Rief, Beth Muldoon, Pat O’Farrell, Tom Allum, Paul McCann, Annika Kristensen, and a special thanks to the staff at Festival of Ideas, Testing Grounds, ACCA, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Northcote Town Hall, Claire Robertson and Ben Rodin for hosting me in Melbourne.