In 'Here to Stay'' 2006, Melvin uses the musical “An American in Paris” as inspiration, manipulating the original film through editing and looping. What we are presented with is a reinterpretation of the original film, where it’s romantic and utopian depiction of life is changed drastically through the editing process. Instead of singing and dancing, Gene Kelly is presented in a different light, slumped on a sofa, smoking. The chirpy interaction of the original characters is replaced with a darker more humorous content, with the loops linked by Melvin’s choice of subtitles. These fragments from the song “Love is here to stay”, featured in the original motion picture, make up a desperate commentary to the characters actions, cynically edited to change the meaning of the original lyrics. This work can very much be viewed as a sister work to 'Good Morning' 2005.

here to stay
video work