“The publication documents the everyday life of family Lange using meticulously kept cash books. Gisela Lange, the mother of the designer, gathered endless accounts of groceries, taxes, parties, leisure activities, clothes or presents with an exact price index. To complement the cycle of this everyday life narratively, the first 18 years of life, from 1979 to 1997, were analyzed and summarized in appropriate categories. Brief explanations and interviews with protagonists of the list illustrate important moments. A series of family photos, pictures of products, certificates and receipts add to the family’s archive.
With its 12.051 items, Lange Liste 79–97 grants a detailed impression of the hidden desires, pleasures and losses of a family’s household kept in two different political and economical systems. The story of childhood and youth in form of a housekeeping book. A meticulously calculating mother who had to watch her money provides inspiration for experimental literature. Lange Liste 79–97 is a unique book covering everyday life during the late GDR and the German Republic shortly after unification.”