This paper sets out to contribute to the earlier propositions that accounting creates a distance and that accounts make it possible to manage at a distance. By moving away from distance as a problem and instead attending to how accounts are mobilized to enact distance, this study seeks to reconsider the relationship between accounting practices and distance. That is, to study the interrelation between accounting representation and action we explore practices of distancing. We report from an ethnography of board work in a theatre company, where we analyse the link between accounts and distance inside and outside of the boardroom. We find that when mobilizing accounting, actors in and around the board imagine the future consumption of accounts. Findings illustrate that distancing involves the enactment of a future self (self- distancing) as well as of the absent ‘others’. Thus, distance is an effect of the way accounts are mobilized and consumed and accounts are mobilized in particular ways to enable the enactment of particular distances. A second finding, that distancing takes place in many places simultaneously, implies that the link between accounting and distance cannot be conceptualized as singular. We suggest that the mediating function that accounting may serve between organization and action may have more to do with the ontological work in the consumption of accounts than with inherent properties of the accounts.