Christof Teuscher is not interested in nature for its own sake. Rather his passion for biology stems from his conviction that living organisms are the stepping stones to a new era of computing — one in which circuits and chips will be self-healing and self-replicating.

Teuscher’s vision takes concrete form in BioWall, a 6-meter-wide concave wall currently on display at the Villa Reuge museum in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland.

Teuscher and his collaborators at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) believe that this shimmering mosaic of 3,200 electronic modules — or artificial molecules, to use his term — showcases one of technology’s best attempts thus far to mimic a living organism. More here.