During German artist Paul Wiersbinski's residency, the P.A.I.R. was placed at Depot Donderen, the vacated ammunition depot built in the time of the Cold War, which since January 2011 has been the headquarters of the PeerGrouP. A range of ammunition depots were built in rural areas in the years after World War II, and with the lifting of the Iron Curtain and the fall of the Berlin Wall, an end came to the threat from the East, and the buildings were vacated over time. Wiersbinski arrived with the intent to investigate the mass behaviour of insects - swarm intelligence - held up against the idea of mass behaviour during the years of the Cold War. Themes such as memory/temporality, preservation/deletion, intuition/programming, free will/fixed patterns are key elements in his investigation.

The bunker complex in Donderen also houses the museum bunker of the Historische Vereniging Norch, a historical society aiming to collect, preserve and exhibit a great variety of historical objects and data relating to the villages and the inhabitants of the former municipality Norg. An impressive collection of everything from kitchen utensils, household supplies and personal items to tools of bakers, painters, carpenters, gardeners and more is exhibited in neat rows and stacks on large tables in the bunker, making account of more than 150 years of working and domestic life in the area. At the site, Wiersbinski had a great possibility to interact with locals who have experienced the Cold War era first hand and participated in the mindset associated with it. People who have witnessed the escalation of the arms race, the increased militarisation and its impact on their local society and their everyday life.

For his final presentation, Wiersbinski transformed the results of his research into a large room installation within the museum of the historical society. The museum also functioned as screening room; for the presentation, Wiersbinski combined footage from his interviews with local residents, old film clips and selected scenes from different documentaries to create a collage-like short film which in an almost dreamlike whirl of facts, fiction and personal perspectives gives the viewer an thought-provoking insight into his research. The Cold War was all-encompassing - on both sides of the Iron Curtain, the 40 years of hostility resulted in a mentality of both hate and passion.

One of the many unsettling and disturbing elements of the film is the subject of the destructive CIA mind-control experiments of the 1960s, the behaviour-control programmes which stemmed from the idea that there are forces in human nature which rather than being controlled, should be wiped. Without memory or emotional attachment, a person becomes an empty vessel for someone else to fill in. Deleting, depatterning.

In stark contrast to this, what Wiersbinski does in the museum is not depatterning, it is repatterning, reshaping, revitalising. He embraces what is there, he takes the content of the room to heart and he rearranges it with a positive approach and humour and with an overarching intent to keep the memories and emotional attachments of the collection. He changes things to give them added value and new stories; tools which are bound to the ground - shovels, spades, pickaxes - are suddenly lifted up, floating in mid air. Heavy, practical hand tools like wood planes and drills are swirling around in a circle on the floor like they were dancing.
Nothing is forced, nothing is erased or removed, only carefully regrouped. It is fascinating to watch the film sequences about wiping out memory, deleting history and turning individuals into a docile mass, while being surrounded by the collection's accumulation of history itself. The things exhibited in this museum show the wear of being handled by housewives, writers, children, farmers, craftsmen, telling us stories of hundreds of village lives.
After the presentation, Paul Wiersbinski hands the exhibition in its new shape back to the Historische Vereniging Norch, who can now continue the stories of it as they see fit, rather than saying 'This is finished'.