The three T’s



Aim of the exercise is to reflect on topics through engaging with a performative quality. This conditions or influences the way we talk, listen, think or perceive. It's also a conversation method that enables brainstorming, thinking along and thinking out loud collectively.


Step 1

The group writes down on small pieces of paper:

  • Terms and topics that they would like to brainstorm
  • Different time frames ranging between 30 seconds to 4 minutes
  • A physical task

Step 2

Each piece of paper is folded and put it in the respective bowl. (A bowl for topics, one for time frames and one for tasks)

Step 3

A participant picks 1 piece of folded paper from each of the 3 bowls.

Step 4

The participant shares their thoughts out loud on the topic, within the time given and while executing the task. The speaker may remain silent but is encouraged to try and produce thoughts on the topic.


Time is 3 minutes, task is 'everybody touches the speaker', topic is non-linear time.

Step 5

When the time is over, if one of the participants wishes the speaker to continue he or she can pick another paper from the time bowl. If one of the participants wishes to add something to what the first speaker said - he or she can also pick a new time score.

Step 6

Used topics go out of the bowl, time and task go back into the bowl. A new participant starts from step one.

To get an idea of the kind of tasks one can find in the task-bowl, here's the list that was collected by our group, during our residency in Latvia in september 2021.

  • Speak like a cat miauing
  • The group massages the speaker
  • Let someone tickle your feet
  • Talk from the toilet with doors closed
  • 2 people massage feet, 2 people massage hands of speaker
  • Tell your answer through the phone
  • Speak like in an aerobic class
  • Speak like Diederik
  • Speak like its a big joke, and you laugh, you laugh
  • The speaker expresses her/himself emotionally
  • Tell your story singing (like a musical, for instance)
  • Everyone gathers near the fire
  • The speaker speaks from behind the window
  • Listeners have their mouths open
  • Everyone goes upstairs, except for the speaker
  • The listeners sing the first word of each sentence the speaker says
  • Over articulating every word
  • Listeners snore while the speaker speaks
  • Everyone (including speaker) having their eyes closed
  • Everyone (including speaker) in toilet
  • The speaker uses a mix of several language
  • The speaker repeats every sentence
  • The speaker repeats the two last words of every sentence
  • Go to the wellness center and speak loud, so we can hear you
  • The speaker touches the noses of the listeners with her/his fingers


This exercise was invented by Lilia Mestre many years ago. Adva Z. learned it, loved it, added a part to it and gave it this title. She also wrote this tutorial.