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Part 1 theorizes the notion of Terracene: a neologism that historicizes the Anthropocene in relation to the war on terror. It argues that the scientific-industrial-military complex has built upon centuries of settler-colonial impositions across the globe and have turned the planet into a sublime work of art. The anthropogenic work of art is a planet carved for its resources, such as oil, and built out of petrochemicals. Part 1 situates the book in feminist, anti-colonial critiques of the Anthropocene and argues for turning to artists from wars and extractive zones for sensually perceiving the planet beyond the sublime. This part introduces the sculptural work of the Syrian American artist Diana Al-Hadid and the video work of Yemeni American Bosnian artist Alia Ali.

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