Digital filmmaker Fran�ois 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.