Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Jes­sica Nico

DAN McCabe is noth­ing if not a vi­sion­ary.

The artist de­cided to take a look at Aus­tralia’s hous­ing mar­ket and his idea led to an in­vi­ta­tion to the Next Wave Fes­ti­val in Vic­to­ria.

McCabe has put to­gether a tent shaped like an early ’90s sta­tion wagon, an artis­tic cre­ation he will call his home dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

He will take his tem­po­rary shel­ter to sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Mel­bourne to start in­for­mal dis­cus­sions with peo­ple who walk by.

“The key ob­jec­tive of Shad­ows on the Hill is to gen­er­ate in­for­mal dis­cus­sion on how we might dis­rupt or mit­i­gate sub­ur­ban as­pi­ra­tion and gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, at­tempt­ing to of­fer a more hum­ble and con­scious way to view the land­scape around us,” he said.

“I’m in­ter­ested in the re­la­tion­ship Gen Y has with the con­cept of per­ma­nent hous­ing, how it dif­fers to pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, and what are the al­ter­na­tives.

“Mak­ing a cus­tom camp­ing tent my home for the du­ra­tion of the fes­ti­val, I will in­vite fes­ti­val-go­ers and passers-by to grab a cuppa and stay for a chat about this par­tic­u­lar as­pect of con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian so­ci­ety.”

McCabe was se­lected to de­velop the project as part of the fes­ti­val’s Kick­start pro­gram and re­ceived a State Govern­ment grant of $15,727 to help him.

“Work­ing with a fes­ti­val like Next Wave is in­valu­able for lo­cal artists in the de­vel­op­ment of their ca­reers,” he said.

Two other Fre­man­tle artists – Katie West and Anna Louise Richard­son – will also be a part of the fes­ti­val with their shows De­colonist and Tell­tale.

The Next Wave Fes­ti­val is on in Mel­bourne from May 5-22.

Dan McCabe is one of three Fre­man­tle artists tak­ing part in the Next Wave fes­ti­val.

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