The evening is hosted by the cool and collected Ben Walters, who creates a casual, welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. Since BURN: Moving Images has no regular run, one can only assume that the playlist changes with each show. With that in mind, I review the videos shown on Saturday 13th of July only to give a taste of what to expect.

As Mimetic deals in the dark arts of puppetry, mime and cabaret, there are a fair amount of cabaret videos on show. Of these, the highlights were EastEnd Cabaret's Dangerwank and TOO CABARET: A Message For Gary Barlow, created by the combined force of many London-based troupes.

Dangerwank is a lewd, ludicrous music video exploring the dangers of public masturbation which drew the biggest laughs from the audience. TOO CABARET is a music video with a purpose – to reclaim the word "cabaret" from X-factor judge Gary Barlow, who uses it as a byword for "over the top" or "desperate".

BURN presents the audience with a stylish, niche pastiche, with videos coming at you from all angles. There's the funny and fresh two-part sketch NARCISSUS: The Tragic Greek by Dickie Beau that takes the form of a webcam phone call to a girl he met on the street, packed full of dramatic irony and an overblown sense of self-regard.

The coolest indie inclusion had to be Up And Over It's Folk You – a music video composed entirely of human acoustics.

Alp Haydar's Gas Them All was a mixed bag. Big on its politics and satire, the video quality and music itself didn't match up to the (extremely relevant) message. Still worth watching – if only for the awkward but endearing animation of the Turkish Prime Minister riding a penguin.

The most mysterious video was the somewhat disturbing African Mayonnaise by Christeene, who, borrowing from Borat, danced provocatively around America, getting thrown out of malls and even a Scientology building.

Two live performances complimented the screen; one from Scottee the self-acclaimed "face of the obesity crisis" and the other from Wilfredo, a sleazy romantic singer.

Scottee's live act experimented with smell, giving each member of the audience a vial of perfume and encouraging them to sniff it while watching him coat himself in perfume live and on the screen. Clearly a showman, Scottee errs a little too close to pretension – one video was just him and someone else standing outside a shop, staring at the camera, for a few minutes. That said, the live show was interesting – particularly his revealing that the "perfume" was the synthetic replication of the smell of blood, sweat and semen.

Wilfredo is an outrageous love-it-or-hate-it comedy character like Angelos Epithemiou or Boris Johnson. Live, he blustered his way through famous songs, spilling beer, dribbling and making eyes at the women in the audience and backstage.

BURN: Moving Images is a tour of the bizarre, divine but above all enchanting, and while not all of the videos will be to everyone's tastes, there is certainly something for everyone.


BURN: Moving Images, at Dugdale CentreNik Way reviews BURN: Movin Images at Mimetic 2013.4