Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022
Episode 24 | Jack Thomas Taylor | Is Football a Beautiful Game? | October 2022
Georgetown University Professor Danyel Reiche talked to Jack Thomas Taylor, Associate Curator and Manager of Exhibition Planning at The Media Majlis, a university museum located at Northwestern Qatar, about the current exhibition in the museum, titled “Is it a Beautiful Game?”, and how it relates to the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Jack Thomas Taylor is the associate curator and manager of exhibition planning at The Media Majlis at Northwestern University and the curator of Is it a beautiful game? Taylor is a doctoral student at King's College London, researching culture, media, and the creative industries. He holds two master's degrees, one in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins at the University of Arts London with a thesis observing the values that pertain to Universal Expositions (World Expos) and his second, an MBA in Culture and Enterprise, jointly awarded by Birkbeck Business School and his alma mater Central Saint Martins, with a dissertation with distinction questioning if business strategy tools can be used in the arts and culture domain.
Taylor curated the inaugural exhibition at The Media Majlis Arab identities, images in film (2019) and has since gone on to curate Breaking News? how the smartphone changed journalism (2020), and Is it a beautiful game? (2022) at The Media Majlis. Other curatorial work includes Mind the Gap at Tashkeel (Dubai, 2017), Heritage: A User’s Manual at the Southbank Centre Archive Studio (London, 2016) and Inert Matter, Then Live Wire held at Central Saint Martins (London, 2016). Since 2009, he has held various positions in the arts, culture and creative domains in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, and Qatar across exhibitions, branding, visual arts, programming, and publishing.
Taylor has wide-ranging experience in creative services, including with BOND Creative Agency as studio manager, strategist and producer (Abu Dhabi office) and as an independent cultural and creative strategist with TAYLOR Strategy and Design Advisory. Publishing work includes Brownbook (Dubai) and Arabian Magazines (Bahrain), as well as founding Alef Magazine in Qatar in 2013.