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Part 5 focuses on crude oil as an agent in enabling aesthetic relations to the Earth. It argues that aesthetics cannot be reduced to human sensibility and must be theorized from the position of objects that impress themselves upon the senses and build relations with multispecies organisms. The discussion foregrounds the role of toxins in crude oil that bind with sense organs to produce particular aesthetic responses. This is theorized through the work of the Iranian American artist Gelare Khoshgozaran and her work with crude oil. This part engages a documentary film titled A Fire! that shows an explosion at an Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's oil field in Southern Iran after the nationalization of Iranian oil. The film's discussion proposes the theory of petro-refusal to foreground petroleum's refusal to leave the ground and the explosive fires that ensue as a result of its extraction.

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