Digital filmmaker François Vautier installed an ant colony in his scanner and scanned it every week for five years. The movie he made of the results is fairly astonishing. It’s high-tech ruin porn at insect scale, and a reminder of the materiality of our digital world. Also this: where are the ants? They’re lost in time, like the Parisian passers-by in Louis Daguerre’s famous first photograph of a street scene in the Boulevard du Temple, in which the lengthy exposure time erased all human figures save those of a stationary shoe-shiner and his customer.